Panel OKs government streamlining measures

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The effort by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to move much of the state's bureaucracy into a new agency she would oversee has won initial approval.

A House Judiciary subcommittee unanimously approved legislation creating a Department of Administration that would move many day-to-day functions of the state out of a state financial oversight board that is controlled by a mix of state officers and legislators.

The panel also approved a constitutional amendment that would end independent elections for lieutenant governor and make them run on a joint ticket with governors.

A second constitutional amendment approved by the panel would end elections for the state's education superintendent. If voters approve, that office would be appointed by the governor.

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