Now that I’ve got your attention….this post is actually about Gov. Perdue and rules.
Gov. Perdue submitted a list of just over 900 state agency rules and regulations she would like to see repealed.
Perdue stood by a stack of papers identified as 900 rules and regulations she wants the Legislature to examine and eliminate, half of which originate from the Department of Health and Human Services. They were culled by her administration after she announced an effort in October to eliminate rules she believed discouraged commerce or were downright silly.
Members of Perdue’s budget office, who undertook the review, said many of the proposed changes released Tuesday stemmed from rules that are unnecessary because the programs connected to them have been disbanded or are dormant. She said more than 1,000 additional rules would be analyzed in coming months by her office.
Purdue is encouraging lawmakers to create a bill dropping the rules. It would seem such a measure would be taken up by the legislature in light of Senate Bill 22 that bans the implementation of any new agency rules unless the new rule is in response to a very specific exemption, such as public health or safety or required by federal law.
It appears state agencies have been on a rulemaking bender over the last decade, with more than 15,000 new agency rules being implemented over the past 10 years.
I would further advise a measure to ensure rulemaking doesn’t get out of control: for every new rule an agency creates, it must eliminate two old ones.