McColley: Senate Passes Critical Reform Empowering Economic Growth by Repealing Job Killing Red Tape
COLUMBUS—State Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) today announced that last week the Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 1, which would eliminate outdated, unnecessary government red tape and bring Ohio’s regulatory environment more in-line with national averages.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, sponsored by McColley and State Senator Kristina Roegner, will require Ohio’s state agencies to reduce the overall number of state regulations by 30% over three years. The bill was introduced after a study showed that Ohio’s administrative code has nearly 100,000 more regulatory restrictions than the national average and far more than several neighboring states.
"I am proud that this legislative body has taken this important step in the right direction for Ohio's businesses and entrepreneurs," said McColley. "Overly burdensome regulations are a barrier to economic growth and job creation and are clearly limiting opportunities for many Ohioans."
Several additional regulatory reforms in the original version of Senate Bill 1 have already become law as part of the state’s two-year budget. These include the “one-in-two-out” rule which requires a state agency to repeal two existing regulations for every new regulation proposed, as well as an inventory accounting of rules and regulations across all executive branch agencies. This accounting was completed earlier this year by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review and provides a baseline for future review and measurement.
During McColley's time in the legislature, 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 securing jobs. These efforts have received strong support from statewide business organizations, including the Ohio Chamber, NFIB, the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, among others.
The Senate concurred last week with changes made to the bill. The Ohio House of Representatives is expected to vote on the conference committee's report this week, and the legislation will then head to Governor DeWine for his consideration.