House votes to strip MDOT of law enforcement duties

JACKSON – The House has passed legislation to transfer the Mississippi Department of Transportation law enforcement duties to the Department of Public Safety despite opposition from MDOT’s executive director.

Under House Bill 1015, MDOT Law Enforcement Division would transfer employees, equipment, inventory, size and weights, permits, Unified Carrier Registration, computer systems, grants, stationary and portable weigh stations, support staff, state and federal funding, and other resources to the Motor Carrier Division of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.

MDOT’s Law Enforcement Unit has 212 listed positions.

House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson was critical on the House floor of MDOT’s law enforcement unit.

Hattiesburg American