TOPEKA – After a lengthy floor fight, the House today passed a bill establishing an 11-member commission to study ways to outsource public jobs to private-sector companies and nonprofit groups.
The group would be called the Kansas Advisory Council on Privatization and Public-Private Partnerships.
According to House Bill 2194, the council’s main responsibility would be to “review and evaluate the possibility of outsourcing goods or services provided by a state agency to a private business or not-for-profit organization that is able to provide the same type of good or service, and whether such action would result in cost savings to the state.”
The council would also be tasked with identifying areas where government services compete with private business, “to determine ways to eliminate such competition.”
Outnumbered Democrats taunted conservative Republicans, saying that in creating another commission, they are expanding government in order to shrink it.