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      Government restructuring may be coming to SC

      A legislative panel has tentatively approved a compromise on a government restructuring bill being pushed by both Gov. Nikki Haley and her Democratic challenger.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A legislative panel has tentatively approved a compromise on a government restructuring bill being pushed by both Gov. Nikki Haley and her Democratic challenger.

      A committee of three House and three Senate members unanimously approved Thursday a compromise on a measure called the largest overhaul of state government in two decades.

      Supporters say it streamlines and modernizes state government. It also requires the Legislature to have more oversight of state agencies by requiring hearings and periodic reviews.

      The bill puts bureaucratic functions of state government into a new, Cabinet-level Department of Administration. It eliminates the 1,000-employee Budget and Control Board and divvies up its various responsibilities. Workers would be dispersed as well.

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