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Senate to reconsider Governor oversight of Department of Mental Health

The Senate passed a bill that would move the Department of Mental Health under the supervision of Governor Phil Bryant, but that bill is now being held on a motion to reconsider.

If it passes, the Governor would appoint an Executive Director for the agency, as well as appoint members of an advisory board.

Senator Hob Bryan said this move was one out of retaliation, since the Department of Mental Health had spoken publicly against budget cuts that have impacted their agency.

“This turns the Department of Mental Health over to the governor, period,” said Bryan.

Senator Angela Hill spoke in favor of the bill.

“.. Someone will have to take ownership,” said Hill.

Senate Bill 2567, passed the Senate Thursday – by one vote.

A motion to reconsider has been filed.

If tabled, it moves to the House for consideration.

If passed and signed by the Governor, the change would take place July 1.

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