Missouri Assembly’s transportation role expanded

| Thursday, July 24, 2003

Gov. Bob Holden has signed legislation giving Missouri lawmakers a greater say in who gets appointed to the state Highways and Transportation Commission.

HB668 creates an outside inspector general to “detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse” in the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Under the new law, House and Senate leaders would submit nominees to the governor, from which he could choose one to fill a vacancy on the six-member commission. The nominee would then face confirmation by the Senate.

Previously, the governor selected nominees who were confirmed by the Senate.

The inspector general created by the law will be outside the department, working for lawmakers. The inspector general could field citizen complaints and start investigations.