House Bill 1422, sponsored by Rep. Randy Boyd, would create a pilot program to reduce state regulations.
The way the bill works is the Mississippi Departments of Health, Transportation, Agriculture and Commerce, and Information Technology Services would have review its existing regulations, accept written comments from the public for 60 days following the review and conduct at least two public hearings for citizens and businesses to identify any rule or regulation that is burdensome.
The review would have to be conducted within 120 days of HB 1422 becoming law. Each of the agencies covered in the pilot program would have to reduce their regulations by:
- 10 percent by December 31, 2020.
- 20 percent by December 31, 2021.
- 30 percent by December 31, 2022.
According to the bill, if one of the agencies hasn’t reduced its regulations by 30 percent by February 1, 2023, the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees would conduct a budgetary audit to determine the obstacles preventing the agency from reducing its regulations by 30 percent.
The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) would also have to conduct a review of the regulatory reduction efforts of the agencies involved in the pilot program and make a report to the legislature.
There’s plenty to cut. According to a study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, wading through Mississippi’s morass of regulations would take 13 weeks to absorb its 9.3 million words and 117,558 restrictions.
This bill is a good start at untangling the Gordian knot of Mississippi regulations, which choke businesses with compliance costs which are later passed on to consumers.
MCPP has reviewed this legislation and finds that it is aligned with our principles and therefore should be supported.
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