Senator Jeanie Riddle Files Legislation Reforming the State’s Boards and Commissions
JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County, has filed legislation aiming to reform Missouri’s boards and commissions. The legislation, made up of four proposals (Senate Bills 843, 844, 845 & 848), is intended to implement several of the changes recommended by the state’s Boards and Commissions Task Force. Through the legislation, Sen. Riddle intends to reduce the number of gubernatorial appointments by 125. This reorganization will occur through a reduction in the makeup of Missouri’s individual boards and commissions and through the termination of duplicate boards and commissions. In addition, Sen. Riddle’s legislation also includes a proposal granting appointment authority to department and division directors responsible for boards and commissions that only serve an advisory role. This would reduce the lengthy process of gubernatorial appointments, while helping to ensure these professionals retain a voice in the regulation of their specific vocation.
“My goal is to create a functioning and effective Boards and Commissions system,” stated Sen. Riddle. “Too often, the size of many of these boards and commissions make it difficult for these groups to effectively conduct their business. While many of Missouri’s boards and commissions meet regularly and serve vital roles, there are several that are outdated and no longer serve a purpose. It is my hope that this legislative package is the first step towards shrinking the number of gubernatorial appointments, and that it receives strong bi-partisan support.”
The 2018 legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at noon.