LITTLE ROCK — The House on Friday approved and sent to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk three bills that are part of the governor’s plan to restructure state government with the goal of increasing efficiency.
House members voted 87-1 to approve Senate Bill 255 by Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain Home, which will place War Memorial Stadium under the control of the state Department of Parks and Tourism. The bill passed in the Senate on Monday in a 32-2 vote.
The eight-member War Memorial Stadium Commission will continue to exist under the bill, but its decisions will be subject to the approval of the director of the Parks and Tourism Department.
In October, Hutchinson announced he wanted to move control of the stadium from the commission to the Parks and Tourism Department. He also included in his proposed budget a reduction of funding for the stadium from $895,171 in fiscal 2018 to $447,647 in fiscal 2019. The stadium was allocated $889,085 in fiscal 2017.
The House also voted 90-0 to approve SB 256 by Irvin, which will put the Arkansas Energy Office under the control of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The Senate approved the bill in a 29-2 vote earlier this month.
In a 91-0 vote, the House approved SB 257 by Irvin, which will put the Office of Health Information Technology under the control of the Arkansas Department of Health. The bill cleared the Senate in a 30-1 vote earlier this month.