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DMR reorganization bill passes Mississippi Senate

By: Magnolia Tribune - February 7, 2014

Mississippi Senate advances DMR reorganization bill authored by Pascagoula Sen. Brice Wiggins

The state Senate has advanced a bill — authored by Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula — to reorganize the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

The agency was shaken by financial problems that led to the January 2013 firing of Bill Walker, executive director since 2002. Walker, two other former department employees and Walker’s son were indicted in November on federal corruption charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money.

Senate Bill 2579 would require the department to perform a yearly audit. It would set education and work experience requirements for those hired in top administrative jobs. It would give lawmakers some oversight of the department.


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