Bryant considers ending DMR governing board

Gov. Phil Bryant wants to study doing away with the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources and have the head of the Department of Marine Resources report directly to him.

In a meeting with the Sun Herald, the governor said he didn’t have any issue with the job performance of the current members of the commission, which oversees DMR. However, he’d like to study doing away with it, as well as several other boards that oversee state agencies, and he’s working with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann on the issue.

“I have always been curious as to why we have these boards that are created that oversee a state agency,” Bryant said. “Why do we need a board? I’m not being critical of the board, but (DMR), I think we need to look at the future of it reporting directly to an executive at the governor’s level and not to a board.”

Sun Herald
1/28/13