Regulatory Reform Efforts Failed to Advance This Session

Date: March 15, 2017

At the beginning of the 2017 session, House Republicans announced regulatory reform would be a priority in their legislative platform. To that end, legislation was drafted to rein in the state’s regulatory burden on businesses and entrepreneurs. However, the bill failed to pass the House Appropriations Committee, where it was considered too expensive. The fiscal note attached to the bill tallied costs of $700,000 per year to employ five people on the Red Tape Reduction Commission.

Under the Red Tape Reduction Act, regulatory agencies would have had to tally how many requirements they impose, reduce the overall requirements by 35 percent, and eliminate one requirement for every new one introduced after the 35 percent threshold is met. The goal was to rein in and cap the number of regulations imposed. Del. Michael Webert, the bill’s sponsor, says he aims to put it forward again next year.

Another regulatory reform measure, House Bill 1566, made it farther but still failed to pass the House. The legislation would have reduced the number of careers that would require a state license, with the goal of increasing job opportunities, promoting competition, and encouraging innovation while still protecting consumers and complying with applicable federal laws.


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