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3/16/2017 Kettle proposes bill to reduce business regulations
STATE HOUSE – Senator Nicholas D. Kettle (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich), has introduced a bill that would require state agencies that propose new rules or regulations to identify at least one existing rule or regulation to be repealed.

“The goal is to get regulators to be deliberate in what they require of businesses and individuals,” Senator Kettle said.  “This is also an effort to eliminate unnecessary regulations.  Over-regulation is one of the biggest complaints I get from small businesses in our state – and our state is ranked very low for business friendliness.”

Senate bill (2017-S 602) amends the state’s Administrative Procedures Act to require that any time an agency publicly proposes for notice or comment, or otherwise creates a new regulation, the agency would need to identify one existing regulation to be repealed.

Kettle said the practice of eliminating one or more regulations for every new regulation proposed is
common in The United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

“I am constantly striving to find ways to make it easier to open and run a business in Rhode Island,” Kettle said. “I think reducing the regulatory burden is an important effort to reach that goal.”

The legislation now goes before the Senate Committee on Judiciary for consideration.

For more information, contact:
Katie Haughey Cardoza, Senate Minority Office
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2708