Gov. Phil Bryant is trying to tackle state bureaucracy, but he’s seeing firsthand the wisdom of Ronald Reagan’s adage: “A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”
House Bill 1425 would put most of the state’s many occupational licensure boards under the governor’s “active supervision.” But after passing the House earlier last week, it’s now in limbo, with a vote Friday to table a holding motion and send it on to the Senate failing 31-85.
The bureaucracy fights back. And it has the Legislature’s ear.
Calling it a gubernatorial power grab and even a “venomous snake,” lawmakers vowed to keep the state’s bureaucracy answerable to … apparently no one.