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ACTION ON REFORM LEGISLATION CALLED FOR AT ANNUAL MEETING OF SOUTH CAROLINA TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

 ACTION ON REFORM LEGISLATION CALLED FOR AT ANNUAL MEETING
 OF SOUTH CAROLINA TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
 SEA ISLAND, Ga., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The co-chairmen of South Carolina's Commission on Government Restructuring today made an urgent appeal for the State Senate to bring a proposed constitutional amendment restructuring the government to a vote within three weeks.
 Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore and State Rep. David H. Wilkins called for action on the reform legislation at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association.
 "It is essential that this matter, which already has passed the House, be brought to a Senate vote before the current session of the General Assembly ends in three weeks," Theodore said. "We need to undo the maze of bureaucracy which has placed a wall between the government and the people. We need total reform of state government to make certain it is serving the needs of our people.
 "The legislation would establish a cabinet form of government which would make the governor responsible for making key decisions affecting the public. What we have today is an enormous bureaucracy which does not serve the people well."
 In addition, Theodore said, "There is no way possible that this will not result in lowering the costs of government."
 Wilkins, who chairs the government reform commission along with Theodore, echoed the need for prompt senate action.
 "We hope there can be a vote in the senate this session, otherwise it will be a dead duck and we will have to start all over again. This is an effort by the people of South Carolina to take back the government which is dominated by an overgrown and unresponsive bureaucracy," Wilkins said.
 He noted that the state has 145 agencies, many of which do not have the ability to respond to today's needs.
 "It is crunch time," Wilkins said. "The stakes are great. What we are trying to bring about is accountability. The cabinet form of government that this amendment would establish is the key to doing that."
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 /CONTACT: Jim Morrissey of American Textile, 703-437-4079/ CO: South Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association ST: South Carolina IN: SU:


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