Pence debuts 'Cut Red Tape' website for businesses

2013-07-14T19:15:00Z 2013-07-15T08:02:45Z Pence debuts 'Cut Red Tape' website for businessesDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
July 14, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence wants to know which state regulations Hoosiers and Indiana companies believe are too onerous and should be deleted.

The Republican governor on Friday launched his "Cut Red Tape" website at in.gov/cutredtape to collect suggestions of existing regulations that could be simplified or eliminated to streamline rules for businesses in the state.

"Every dollar not spent on regulatory paperwork by Indiana businesses is a dollar they can spend putting Hoosiers to work," Pence said. "With their feedback, Indiana has the potential to be the best place in America to start or grow a business."

The Indiana Administrative Code contains more than 11,000 pages of state regulations, setting standards on everything from professional licenses to the minimum size of an apartment bedroom to the types of discharges allowed in rivers and other waterways.

In general, state regulations implement specific components of broad laws approved by the Legislature. Regulations are promulgated by state agencies led by Pence-appointed directors and must be approved by the attorney general and governor before taking effect.

Nevertheless, on his first day in office, Pence signed an executive order prohibiting all new regulations except for a few emergency and public health rules.

The Office of Management and Budget is tasked with reviewing suggestions submitted through the Cut Red Tape website and will recommend to the governor and General Assembly the state regulations it believes can be eliminated.

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