LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor is calling for a reorganization of state government that would cut the number of departments answering directly to him from 42 to 15.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday detailed a reorganization plan that he hopes to bring before the Legislature next year. Hutchinson is running for re-election in November against Democratic challenger Jared Henderson.
Hutchinson's proposal includes putting the State Police, the Crime Labe and the state Department of Emergency Management, among other law enforcement-related agencies, under a new Department of Public Safety. He also proposed merging the departments of Correction and Community Correction.