Governor Greitens has made creating more jobs with higher pay his top priority. He pledged to take action—and today, he did just that. He signed Executive Order 17-03 freezing all new regulations and ordering a mandatory review of every regulation currently on the books.
The Order requires state agencies to seek approval from the Governor's office before publishing any new rulemaking. If any regulation fails to show that it is delivering results, it will be eliminated. This announcement was first made via Facebook, with the Governor surrounded by tens of thousands of pages of Missouri regulations published since the year 2000. That video can be found here.
During the announcement, Governor Greitens stated, "Burdensome regulations hurt businesses and they hurt working families across the state of Missouri. Today, I'm signing an executive order that immediately freezes all regulations. We came here to cut government and help people."
The text of that executive order is below.
WHEREAS, Missouri’s state government has proposed and codified an excessive amount of regulations; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri Register, a publication that includes proposed and final regulations, has published more than 40,000 pages since 2000; and
WHEREAS, Missourians and Missouri businesses deserve efficient, effective, and necessary regulations; and
WHEREAS, regulations should not reduce jobs, stifle entrepreneurship, limit innovation, or impose costs far in excess of their benefits; and
WHEREAS, regulations that are ineffective, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome must be repealed; and
WHEREAS, removing needless and burdensome regulations will make Missouri more attractive to businesses and encourage job growth.
NOW THEREFORE, I, ERIC R. GREITENS, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby order:
Every State Agency shall immediately suspend all rulemaking.
This suspension shall remain in effect until February 28, 2017.
Any proposed regulation that affects health, safety, or welfare, or is otherwise time sensitive or required by law, should be submitted to the Office of the Governor prior to February 28, 2017.
No State Agency shall release proposed regulations for notice and comment, amend existing regulations, or adopt new regulations at any time until approved by the Office of the Governor.
Every State Agency shall undertake a review of every regulation under its jurisdiction within the Code of State Regulations.
As part of its review, every State Agency shall (i) accept written public comments for at least a 60-day period; (ii) hold at least two public hearings to allow citizens and businesses to identify regulations that are ineffective, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome; (iii) solicit and incorporate comments and advice from private citizens, stakeholders, regulated entities, and other interested parties; and (iv) complete the review by May 31, 2018.
Every State Agency shall designate an individual to oversee the review.
For each existing regulation, and any future proposed regulation, every State Agency shall affirm in a report submitted to the Office of the Governor by May 31, 2018:
The regulation is essential to the health, safety, or welfare of Missouri residents;
The costs of the regulation do not outweigh their benefits, based on a cost-benefit analysis;
A process and schedule exist to measure the effectiveness of the regulation;
Less restrictive alternatives have been considered and found less desirable than the regulation;
The regulation is based on sound, reasonably available scientific, technical, economic, and other relevant information; and
The regulation does not unduly and adversely affect Missouri citizens or customers of the State, or the competitive environment in Missouri.
By June 30, 2018, every State Agency shall take any action necessary to repeal or to cease rulemaking for any regulation that does not meet any criteria in Section 3(c) of this Order.
This Order does not modify any State Agency’s obligations under Section 536.175, RSMo. Any State Agency that has already completed the review required by Section 536.175, RSMo. may include any applicable results of that review when responding to this Order. Any State Agency that has not already completed the review required by Section 536.175, RSMo. shall do so in the manner and on the schedule required by statute.
“State Agency” shall have the definition provided in Section 536.010(8), RSMo.
This Order shall supersede any previous executive order that is inconsistent with the terms contained herein.