Senate Passes Key Legislation Cutting Government Bureaucracy and Strengthening Ohio's Economy
COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced the Senate passage of a Senate Bill 1, which would eliminate outdated, unnecessary government red tape and bring Ohio’s regulatory environment more in-line with national averages. Senate Bill 1
, which Obhof co-sponsored, would require Ohio’s state agencies to reduce the overall number of state regulations by 30 percent over three years. If agencies are unable to meet the 30 percent requirement, a "2-for-1" strategy would be implemented by which two regulations must be eliminated for each new one created. The measure was introduced last year after a study
showed that Ohio's administrative code has nearly 100,000 more regulatory restrictions than the national average.
"Unnecessary red tape stifles the potential of Ohio's job creators and limits employment opportunities for Ohioans," said Obhof. "The legislature has a responsibility to make sure any rules or regulations created by state government have a specific purpose and intent to protect our citizens and do not create needless barriers to growth and opportunity."
In recent years, the Ohio Senate has focused on a number of pro-growth policies, including tax cuts and regulatory reforms, in an effort to strengthen the state's economy and remove unnecessary roadblocks to Ohioans trying to earn a living. Recent March reporting showed record new business filings and a dropping unemployment rate in Ohio.
“These are strong signs that Ohio’s economy continues to grow,” added Obhof. “Policies that are good for the working men and women of our state also make Ohio a better place to do business.”
Senate Bill 1 now moves to the Ohio House for consideration.