Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Malloy's proposed changes to watchdog agencies

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to further consolidate state watchdog agencies - and shift oversight of their most crucial functions into his administration - could be facing a big roadblock in the state legislature's budget-writing panel, according to a Connecticut Mirror article.

Malloy is proposing combining staffs from the Freedom of Information Commission, the Elections Enforcement Commission and the Office Of State  Ethics, which currently have separate administrative, legal and advocacy functions even though they share some clerical staff.

Malloy's plan has been criticized as a way to undermine the role of government watchdog agencies, according to an article in The Day, and a former executive director and general counsel of the FOI Commission is blasting the plan.

What do you think? Should the agencies be combined under one office? Should the governor be able to cut money from watchdog agencies whenever he feels like it?


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