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Gov. Jerry Brown wants state agencies to stop writing so many reports, calling the volume of documentation a "waste of time and money."

The Democratic governor ordered departments and agencies this afternoon to review the about 2,600 reports they are required to submit to the Legislature each year and to recommend eliminating ones that aren't useful.

"My administration remains committed to keeping the Legislature informed, but churning out 2,600 annual reports - some ordered more than two decades ago - is a waste of time and money," Brown said in a prepared statement. "All state agencies and departments have been asked to take a closer look at these reports and will work with the Department of Finance and the Legislature to get rid of those that are no longer needed."


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