COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) commended this week’s announcement by Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and InnovateOhio to utilize an artificial intelligence (AI) tool aimed at reforming Ohio’s regulatory environment.
A 2018 report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University found that Ohio is one of the most heavily regulated states they have analyzed, with 246,000 regulatory restrictions far surpassing neighboring states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia. Since that time, Obhof and the Ohio Senate have spearheaded efforts to eliminate unnecessary red tape and regulation from Ohio’s administrative code. In recent months, President Obhof has worked with the Trump Administration to encourage other states to adopt regulatory and licensing reforms as well.
The project announced this week by Husted will use text analytics and AI to analyze Ohio’s rules with greater speed and efficiency, and identify opportunities to streamline regulations. It could, for example, identify regulations that may be overlapping or duplicative.