Thursday, February 6, 2003

Senator proposes eliminating treasurer's job

By Joe Biesk
The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Lawmakers looking for ways to save money may effectively eliminate the state treasurer's office, Senate President David Williams said Wednesday.

"I specifically am interested in what the treasurer does," said Williams, R-Burkesville.

City and county treasurers co-sign checks with other officials "to give some accountability," Williams said. But at the state level, "there appears to be no accountability function for the treasurer's office," he said.

Eliminating the office would take a constitutional amendment. "But it wouldn't take a constitutional amendment to do away with the budget line," Williams said, recalling the early 1990s, when the legislature stripped the duties of the superintendent of public instruction, an office voters later abolished.

The incumbent treasurer, Democrat Jonathan Miller, is the only constitutional officer seeking re-election.

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