(JEFFERSON CITY) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson has commended the Governor’s Boards and Commissions Task Force on a productive second meeting. The Task Force met on Tuesday to hear testimony from the departments of Agriculture, Corrections, Economic Development, Elementary & Secondary Education, Health & Senior Services, Higher Education, Mental Health, Public Safety, and Natural Resources. Each department presented expert information on their respective boards and commissions so the Task Force can make recommendations to the Governor on eliminating or consolidating those that are no longer effective or needed. The Lieutenant Governor co-chairs the Task Force along with Scott Turk, Director of Boards and Commissions for the Governor. Members include several State Representatives and State Senators along with members of the public.

“Governor Greitens and I made a commitment to the people of Missouri to streamline government and reduce bureaucracy, and we are fulfilling that promise through the Task Force,” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson. “The Task Force has done an excellent job of reviewing several of our state agencies, and we look forward to hearing from the rest at our next meeting. I am grateful to the departments we heard from this week and the work they have done to assist in this important process,” Lieutenant Governor Parson said.

“With over 200 government boards and commissions and in excess of 1,500 appointments, we are glad to be working to identify what works, what doesn’t, and ensure our state boards and commissions are efficiently working for the people of our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. The Task Force is scheduled to meet again in August, and will submit recommendations to the Governor by October.