COLUMBUS—State Senators Kristina Roegner
(R-Hudson) and Rob McColley
(R-Napoleon) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 9
, aimed at cutting burdensome regulatory red tape.
"Unnecessary red tape and regulation stifles the potential of Ohio's small businesses, limiting job opportunities for Ohioans," said Roegner. "We have a responsibility to Ohioans to do a deep dive into Ohio's regulations and ensure they do not create needless barriers to growth for our economy."
A reintroduction of Senate Bill 1 from the 133rd General Assembly, this legislation will require Ohio's state agencies to reduce the overall number of state regulations by 30 percent over three years. It is targeted at eliminating outdated, unnecessary red tape and bringing Ohio's regulatory environment more in line with national averages.
“The problem is not regulation but rather unnecessary or excessive regulation. Senate Bill 9 provides a way for us to unshackle Ohio from the regulatory albatross and unleash economic potential in our state," Roegner added.
"Overly burdensome regulations are a barrier to policies that promote economic success and job growth in our state. They also affect local government and private institutions alike," stated McColley. "I am proud to once again join my Senate colleagues in passing this important legislation, and strongly encourage its swift passage in the Ohio House."
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 goal is to reduce rules and regulations by 30% agency to agency. This will simplify the cost of doing business by maintaining rules relatable to today’s industry standards, and remove regulations that are no longer relevant,” said Senate President Matt Huffman.
Senate Bill 9 will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.