Bill Aims to Strike Obsolete Regulations

Mar 25, 2014

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Governor Dannel Malloy has submitted a bill that would eliminate about a thousand pages of regulation that's currently on the state's books. 

The regulations dealt with in the bill are pretty obscure. Malloy's office has dubbed them obsolete, duplicative or excessively burdensome. 

They're things like a rule that prohibits women from working alone between the hours of 1:00 am and 6:00 am, regulations on the grading of Connecticut -grown apples, and some rules that relate to legislation repealed as long as 30 years ago.

Eric Brown of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association welcomed the initiative. "We're delighted," he said, "that the governor has really embraced the issue of Connecticut's regulatory climate to improve our competitiveness with respect to other states."

Along with hundreds of citizens, CBIA submitted suggestions to the governor's office for which rules should be trashed. Brown said even more important is the part of this legislation that aims to improve future regulation.

"It's designed to make sure as the regulation's being developed that issues are raised early in the process," Brown said, "and discussions occur and compromises are found. When that happens, the regulation review process is very quick, because in the governor's words, they become non-controversial."

Brown said he wants to see plenty of notification for businesses and the public so that they have an opportunity to comment on future regulations.