Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lawmakers are working on changes to the way state government works.
State senators have set a date to debate a bill that would restructure government and create a Department of Administration.
The bill will get rid of the state Budget and Control Board and shift its responsibilities to other areas.
Kershaw Senator Vincent Sheheen says the plan will hold the legislature and executive branch more accountable.
Governor Haley has been a supporter of creating a department of administration as well.
Sheheen, who ran for governor against Haley, says he is confident the bi-partisan supported bill will pass both houses this year.
"Last year it was back and forth between the senate, different versions, people wanted to speak on it and be heard, but I think most of that got out of the system last year. Everybody knows where we stand. It always takes some time to pass major change in a state. That's not a bad thing, but I think people realize this is the year to do it. Politics aren't the forefront, there are no elections this year. People are a little more willing to focus on what we can do for the state," said Sheheen.
Senators have agreed to debate the bill next month.