Senate District 22
Larry Obhof
Obhof Commends Work of Lt. Gov., InnovateOhio to Improve Reforms in Ohio
February 14, 2020

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.

This effort complements legislation passed last year in the state budget to adopt a 1-in-2-out rule requiring the elimination of unnecessary regulations, as well as an inventory completed this week by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), which accounts for rules and regulations across twenty-seven executive branch agencies.

“I applaud Lieutenant Governor Husted and InnovateOhio for their Commitment to regulatory reform,” said Obhof. “The use of an AI tool to identify duplicative or potentially unnecessary regulations will help us cut through the red tape that stifles economic growth.”

For more about the Ohio Senate’s regulatory reform efforts,  click here.
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