The previous article in this series focused on restructuring Mississippi's government. This article will focus on Missouri's government.
First, the Department of Administration can obtain the following agencies: Administrative Hearing Commission, County Employees Retirement Fund (including its Board of Directors), Local Government Employees Retirement System (including its Board of Trustees), and the State Employees Retirement System (including its Board of Trustees).
Next, the Department of Economic Development should be renamed the Department of Commerce, and acquire the following entities: Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions, and Professional Regulation, Gaming Commission, Health Insurance Pool, Horse Racing Commission, State Lottery Commission, and the Minority Business Advocacy Commission (reverted and transferred from the Department of Administration).
A Department of Education could be established by merging several departments, including the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Higher Education, and the Education Commission of the States.
A Department of Health and Human Services would be established by merging many agencies, including the Department of Health and Senior Services, Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services, Dental Board, and the Board of Nursing.
A Department of Justice can be established by consolidating the following entities: Department of Corrections, Department of Public Safety, Board of Private Investigator and Private Fire Investigator Examiners, and the State Penitentiary Redevelopment Commission.
A Department of the Interior should be established by consolidating the Department of Conservation, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Board of Geologist Registration. Meanwhile, a Department of Defense could be established by merging the following: National Guard, Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, and the Veterans Commission.
The next article in this series will focus on restructuring Montana's government.