All executive and administrative offices, boards, agencies,
commissions and instrumentalities of the state government and their respective functions, powers
and duties, except for the office of Governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of
state, auditor, treasurer, and commissioner of school and public lands, shall be allocated by law
among and within not more than twenty-five principal departments, organized as far as
practicable according to major purposes, by no later than July 1, 1974. Subsequently, all new
powers or functions shall be assigned to administrative offices, agencies and instrumentalities in
such manner as will tend to provide an orderly arrangement in the administrative organization of
state government. Temporary commissions may be established by law and need not be allocated
within a principal department.
Except as to elected constitutional officers, the Governor may make such changes in the
organization of offices, boards, commissions, agencies and instrumentalities, and in allocation of
their functions, powers and duties, as he considers necessary for efficient administration. If such
changes affect existing law, they shall be set forth in executive orders, which shall be submitted to
the Legislature within five legislative days after it convenes, and shall become effective, and shall
have the force of law, within ninety days after submission, unless disapproved by a resolution
concurred in by a majority of all the members of either house.
History: Section proposed by SL 1972, ch 1, approved Nov. 7, 1972; amendment proposed by SL
1984, ch 1, rejected Nov. 6, 1984.