Hosemann eyes streamlining state boards

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is advocating streamlining state government by reining in the 200 boards and commissions that oversee various agencies.

In his inaugural State of the State speech in January, Gov. Phil Bryant asked Hosemann, whose office maintains the state’s records, to make recommendations “on possible termination or consolidation” of boards and commissions.

A spokesman for Bryant said the issue of whether the number of boards and commissions needs to be streamlined could be presented to the Legislature at some point. Hosemann last week took his message that the boards and commissions are a fourth branch of state government answerable to no one to the state’s business community. He spoke at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob event in Jackson where the state’s business leaders hear from the political leadership.

He said while the system was set up“to be isolated from politics …We now find it isolated from the electorate” with members’ terms ranging from four to nine years and no way to remove them.

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