A program started two years ago by then-Gov. Eric Greitens to reduce state regulations has continued to play out after Greitens’ resignation.
In 2017, the governor launched a campaign called No MO Red Tape that aimed to “aggressively cut red tape.”
It began with an executive order for all Missouri state agencies to review their administrative rules, with the ultimate goal of eliminating 33 percent of regulatory restrictions from Missouri’s Code of State Regulations, or CSR.
Argive, the company hired by the Greitens administration to help with rules review, updated a report on the status of the program last month.
The report said that departments had identified 12,448 “regulatory restrictions” that could be eliminated, representing 11 percent of all regulatory restrictions in the CSR.
The process for actually eliminating those restrictions isn’t quick. Even with the executive order from Greitens, a department cannot cut rules and regulations on its own. Instead, proposed changes must be published by the secretary of state’s office and undergo public comment.
As of Sept. 30, the Argive report said, “125 (or 16 percent) of the 778 targeted rules” completed the formal process.
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