Regional
7:54 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Governor Seeks To Consolidate NM Agencies

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Republican Gov. Susana Martinez wants to shrink the size of her administration by consolidating several agencies.

Martinez on Tuesday made government reorganization a part of the agenda of the Legislature's special session.

The governor proposes to merge the Tourism and Cultural Affairs departments, make the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management a part of the Department of Public Safety and move the Department of Information Technology into the General Services Department.

Those proposals died earlier this year during the Legislature's 60-day session. The homeland security and information technology agencies were created during former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's tenure.

Martinez said the state's executive branch is "bloated" with 22 cabinet-level agencies. She contends her consolidation proposals will eliminate duplication in government.

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