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Government overhaul?

The S.C. Senate Medical Affairs Committee is seeking public comments on a bill to make the Department of Health and Environmental Control a Cabinet agency under the governor, as well as two other bills involving health agencies.

The Department of Disabilities and Special Needs would come directly under the governor's control as part of his Cabinet. Two major health-related agencies, the Department of Alcohol and Other Abuse Services and the Department of Mental Health, would become part of a new Department of Behavioral Health Services. The governor would appoint a director of the new department.

To comment, e-mail the Senate Medical Affairs Committee at smedicomm@scsenate.gov

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