Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs government reorganization bill

(ABC 6 News) – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed a bill that will reorganize state government, consolidating several state agencies.

The bill, SF 514, will effectively merge and reduce the number of state agencies from 37 to 16.

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The bill passed in the Iowa House with a 58 to 39 vote on Mar. 15. The bill passed through the Iowa Senate the week before with a 34 to 15 vote.

Gov. Reynolds says it will make government smaller, more efficient, and cost-effective. Democrats argued it will lead to less oversight and accountability, and take away services from those in need.