On January 18, we reported that President Obama had issued an executive order “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review”. Executive order 13563 was published in the January 21, 2011, edition of the Federal Register (76 FR 3821-3823).
Daily Archives: January 24, 2011
On January 10, 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Executive Order 2011-01K, “Establishing the Common Sense Initiative.” This order creates “a process for independently evaluating the economic impact of agency rules and regulations on small businesses in Ohio.”
It does not appear that the office of Governor Kasich issued a press release related to the order. The full text of the executive order is available online at http://business.ohio.gov/docs/ExecutiveOrder2011-01K.pdf.
On January 10, 2011, Maine Governor Paul LePage issued Executive Order 09 FY 11/12, entitled “An Order to Improve Review of Rulemaking Process.” The order establishes gubernatorial review of certain rules. The full text of the executive order is available online at http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Gov_Executive_Orders&id=182022&v=article2011.
On January 3, 2011, Governor Brian Sandoval signed Executive Order 2011-01, entitled “Establishing a Freeze on Proposed Regulations.” A press release related to the order clarified the governor’s position.
“I’ve been clear that my number one priority is economic development and freezing archaic and ineffective regulations until the end of this year will help promote business,” Governor Sandoval said. “As I said in my inaugural address today, our generation must commit to bringing Nevada’s economy, workforce and schools safely into this new reality in which we find ourselves.”
The press release further states:
The first executive order, focusing on economic development, establishes a freeze on all proposed administrative regulations until January 1, 2012, with certain exceptions for regulations that affect public health, public safety and security, and regulations that are necessary in the pursuit of federal funds and certifications. The freeze applies only to those agencies, boards and commissions which fall within the governor’s purview. Sandoval said the freeze will help stabilize Nevada’s business climate and make it easier for firms to expand and create jobs.
The full text of the executive order is available at http://ndep.nv.gov/docs_10/exec-order-2011-01.pdf.
On January 21, 2011, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed Executive Order 11-01 to establish the Office of the Repealer in the Kansas Department of Administration.
In a press release related to the order, the Governor’s Office explains the order:
“My number one priority is to get our state’s economy growing again. With the help of Kansans, the Office of the Repealer will work to identify laws and regulations that are out of date, unreasonable, and burdensome. Laws and regulations shouldn’t hinder opportunities for Kansans and Kansas businesses,” Gov. Brownback said.
KDA Secretary Dennis Taylor will serve as the Repealer. The executive order sets out the office’s duties:
- Investigate the system of governance of the State of Kansas including its laws and regulations to determine instances in which those laws and regulations are unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, or contradictory.
- Establish a system for receiving public recommendations suggesting various laws and regulations to be considered for possible repeal. This system will include an online portal for receipt of public comments.
- Make recommendations for either outright repeal or for modification to be delivered to the originating body of such law or regulation. The recommendation will provide specific details with justification for the requested repeal or modification.
- Implement a tracking system to follow the action taken by the originating body on any recommendation made by the Office of the Repealer in order to prepare regular reports to the Governor regarding the progress of repeal or modification.
Brownback said the Office of the Repealer will also have the authority to determine and implement such internal policies, standards, and procedures as may be necessary for the orderly and efficient carrying out of its mission.
The order becomes effective upon its filling with the Secretary of State’s office.
The full text of the executive order is available online at https://governor.ks.gov/frontpagenews/2011/01/21/1-21-11-executive-order-11-01.
Florida Governor Suspends Rulemaking and Establishes Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform
On January 4, 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order Number 11-01 “Suspending Rulemaking and Establishing the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform.” According to a posting on the Governor’s web site, this action is intended to “freeze job-killing regulations”. The posting further describes Executive Order Number 11-01 as follows:
Executive Order No. 11-01 freezes all new regulations and establishes the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform, which will review all rules prior to promulgation as well as agency practices and contracts.
- Immediately suspends rulemaking for all agencies under the direction of the Governor.
- Establishes the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform to review all rules (including those suspended by the Order) prior to promulgation and to review agency practices and contracts.
- Imposes 90-day suspension on execution of any contracts with a value in excess of $1 million, without prior approval from the Office.
- Prohibits agencies from promulgating rules unless they obtain prior approval from the Office.
The full text of the executive order is available at http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/scott.eo_.one_.pdf.
On January 1, 2011, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez issued
Executive Order 2011-001 entitled, “Formation of a Small Business-Friendly Task Force; Establishing a 90-Day Review Period for all Proposed and Pending Rules and Regulations.”
This order suspends proposed and pending rules and regulations for a period of 90 days with some rules excepted. It also creates a task force comprised of cabinet secretaries from Taxation and Revenue, Workforce Solutions, and General Services. The task force is to make specific legislative and regulatory recommendations to achieve economic growth and stability within 90 days from the effective date of the order.
The press release that accompanied the executive order describes the action as follows:
Today, Governor Susana Martinez signed her first executive order, which establishes a small business task force to identify red-tape regulations that are harmful to business growth and job creation in New Mexico and report its findings to the Governor. The task force, chaired by Secretary-designate of Economic Development, Jon Barela, will conduct its review over a 90-day period, during which all proposed and pending regulations will be frozen.
The full text of the Executive Order is available online at http://www.governor.state.nm.us/uploads/FileLinks/1e77a5621a1544e28318ba93fcd47d49/EO-2011-001.pdf.