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Collins service consolidation bill advances
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A bill written by a local lawmaker that proposes consolidating administrative services in Georgia passed the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

The house Rules committee will now decide whether the bill makes it to the House floor in time for crossover day, the day in which all bills must pass out of its original chamber or die.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is proposing legislation that would consolidate three of the state’s main administrative services, including accounting, personnel and properties.

House Bill 1431 would bring all three functions, which are currently handled by individual departments, into a single new state agency called the Georgia Services Administration.

If it becomes law, the bill likely would save the state at least $5 million in its first year, Collins said. The bill would go into effect July 1, and could provide the framework for future savings from consolidation of other government services, he said.

From staff reports