Missouri measure would expand Conservation Commission

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 8:15 a.m. CST; updated 2:09 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 17, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it more geographically diverse.

The commission oversees the Missouri Department of Conservation. It is currently has four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.

Supporters say there seems to be little geographic or occupational diversity on the commission, while opponents contend the proposed change could pit regional interests against one another over funding and other resources.

Approval by the legislature would put the amendment on a future statewide ballot.

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Harold Sutton January 17, 2012 | 9:16 a.m.

Something does not sound right here. I have always been of the understanding that the Conservation Commission is to be made up of non-partisan members who commit to not be influenced by politics of the moment.
And I do not like it that the Govenor makes the appointments.
Individual Politicians have since the beginning of the MDC tried to divert or control the efforts of the MDC.

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James Blair January 17, 2012 | 11:52 a.m.

As a dedicated fisherman I am opposed to adding more people to the control of the conservation commission.
Such a move appears to me to be a beginning ploy to eventually raid the 1/8th percent tax that goes to the comission. Part of the tax should go to increasing enforcement of structured game/fish limits.

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