(Sandra Chereb, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Republican state Controller Ron Knecht wants to free government agencies from bureaucratic binds by authorizing creation of “charter agencies” to provide cost savings to taxpayers.
Similar in concept to “charter schools,” the proposal would give the governor authority to designate any department within the executive branch as a charter agency. That would give agency officials flexibility to operate outside certain personnel and budget rules in an effort to more efficiently deliver services to constituents.
The bill also would create financial incentives for agency officials and employees if they surpass performance goals.
Senate Bill 4 is sponsored by Knecht’s office for consideration during the upcoming 2017 legislative session. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval does not generally comment on legislative proposals.
But with Democrats now in control of both houses of the Legislature, passage of the bill seems a long shot. A similar measure failed last year when Republicans were in charge of both chambers, failing to get out of the Assembly, where it was introduced.