Gov. Phil Scott is looking to consolidate some areas of state government in a bid to create operational efficiencies and some potential cost savings, but critics say it could weaken enforcement in a key area of government.
Scott, who took office earlier this month, signed three executive orders Sunday and briefed reporters at the State House Tuesday on how his administration will reorganize the executive branch.
One idea is to combine the Department of Liquor and the Lottery Commission into the Department of Liquor and Lottery. Another will reconfigure the state’s Department of Information and Innovation into a new Agency of Digital Services. The third order combines the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development into a single Agency of Economic Opportunity.
Scott signed the orders over the weekend to meet a Jan. 15 statutory deadline for such a reorganization. Lawmakers now have 90 days to reject Scott’s plans. Either the House or the Senate could pass a resolution opposing the changes, effectively preventing the reorganization from taking place.