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Lawmakers approve 3-member oversight board

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Published: Mar. 28, 2017 at 3:58 PM CDT
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Boards that regulate fellow members of professions in Mississippi would face new oversight from three elected officials, if Gov. Phil Bryant approves a bill passed Tuesday.

House Bill 1425 tasks the governor, attorney general and secretary of state with examining professional rules.

The board would approve, reject or suggest changes to regulations adopted by boards overseeing doctors, engineers, barbers and many others.

The bill says Mississippi should adopt "the least restrictive regulation necessary."

The U.S. Supreme Court, in 2015, ruled that board members regulating fellow members of professions could violate antitrust law by restraining trade.

The original bill would have given oversight power solely to the governor, sparking concerns about executive power.

The oversight board wouldn't be able to overturn disciplinary actions.