WHEREAS, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is created pursuant Article IV, Section 47 of the Missouri Constitution and Chapter 640, RSMo; and
WHEREAS, the Division of Energy, located within the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is responsible for promoting energy efficiency and security through policy development, research, and educational outreach; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri Department of Economic Development is created pursuant to Article IV, Section 36(a) of the Missouri Constitution and Chapter 620, RSMo, and is charged with promoting economic growth and job creation; and
WHEREAS, energy production and efficiency are crucial to moving Missouri's economy forward; and
WHEREAS, I am committed to integrating and consolidating governmental operations to provide for the most efficient and effective use of resources; and
WHEREAS, the transfer of the Division of Energy from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to the Missouri Department of Economic Development will benefit the State of Missouri by creating efficiencies through a better alignment of goals which will help promote the development, security, and affordability of diverse energy sources essential to the future of Missouri's economy.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby order the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Economic Development to cooperate to:
- Transfer all authority, powers, duties, functions, records, personnel, property, contracts, budgets, matters pending, and other pertinent vestiges of the Division of Energy from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, by Type I transfer, as defined under the Reorganization Act of 1974;
- Develop the mechanisms and processes necessary to effectively transfer the Division of Energy to the Missouri Department of Economic Development; and
- Take the steps necessary to maintain compliance with federal requirements so as not to jeopardize federal financial participation with this transfer.
This order shall become effective no sooner than August 28, 2013, unless disapproved within sixty days of its submission to the First Regular Session of the Ninety-Seventh General Assembly.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 4th day of February, 2013.
[Jay Nixon's signature]
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
[Jason Kander's signature]
Secretary of State