No need for kangaroo harvest reports: California governor

SAN FRANCISCO Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:21pm EDT

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks in front of a California flag in Long Beach, California March 14, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks in front of a California flag in Long Beach, California March 14, 2012.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California lawmakers won't be briefed any longer on kangaroo harvests in Australia under a plan to scrap more than 700 reports required by state law that Governor Jerry Brown unveiled on Tuesday.

Australia's annual kangaroo harvest report, which California's Department of Fish and Game is required to track and provide to lawmakers, is one of 718 "unnecessary bureaucratic" reports discovered in audits of state agencies and departments ordered by Brown in December, according to a statement from his office.

Eliminating the reports would help make California's government more efficient, the Democratic governor of the most populous U.S. state said in the statement.

"It wastes a lot of time and money to write, track and file these reports," Brown said. "Government should be focused on providing information that is actually helpful to taxpayers, not on checking boxes to meet outdated bureaucratic requirements."

(Reporting By Jim Christie; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Comments (5)
WildBillWB wrote:
I read the headline and thought, Why? Does California have an exploding kangaroo population that I haven’t heard about? Then I figured I’d read the story and see if California was acting self-righteous and intrusive and inserting themselves into another soveriegn nations affairs. Whether California wants to admit it or the rest of the country wants to take responsibility for it California is a part of the United States and has no business meddling in other countries game management or spending tax revenue studying something that’s none of their business no matter how much they believe game management should resemble a Disney cartoon.

Apr 18, 2012 2:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PKFA wrote:
Obviously Governor Brown is not concerned by the jobs lost by failure to correct this critical data. What will be next?

Apr 19, 2012 1:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Foztah wrote:
Fair dinkum mate! Now the billabongs down on the sheep station could be over-run with flamin’ roos and Hollywood is just going to let us fend for ourselves?

Apr 19, 2012 1:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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