Gavarone Named Chair of JCARR, Committee Providing Oversight for Government Rulemaking
COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
(R-Medina) recently announced the appointment of State Senator Theresa Gavarone
(R-Bowling Green) as Chair of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), the legislative committee responsible for reviewing rules generated by over 100 state agencies.
“Government rules may be created with the best intentions and yet place an undue burden on Ohioans,” said Gavarone. “I appreciate the opportunity to lead JCARR this year to make sure each rule is justifiable and serves to protect Ohioans without creating needless barriers to growth.”
“As a small business owner and attorney, Senator Gavarone understands firsthand the effects of government rules and regulations,” said Obhof. “I’m confident that she will provide excellent leadership to the JCARR committee as we scale back on red tape and put people ahead of paperwork."
JCARR reviewed over 8,500 rule actions last year for approximately 128 state agencies, boards and commissions. For more information, visit www.jcarr.state.oh.us
. Ohioans interested in monitoring proposed regulations can track specific rules and provide feedback to JCARR committee members and staff at www.RuleWatchOhio.gov
The Ohio Senate has led efforts in recent years to reduce the burden of unnecessary government rules and regulations. Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 166 (Operating Budget) this year contain the most significant regulatory reforms in recent state history. A provision in the state budget, commonly referred to as the “one-in-two-out” rule, requires two regulatory restrictions to be removed for every new regulatory restriction written. In an effort to right-size Ohio’s regulatory environment, Senate Bill 1 also targets a 30% overall reduction in state agency regulation by requiring a true accounting by each state agency of the total number of regulations under its jurisdiction.