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Perdue wants 900 state rules abolished

Posted February 8, 2011

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Tuesday called for 900 state rules and regulations to be eliminated.

The move is the first step by Perdue's administration to streamline state government and do away with rules that she says defy common sense and create bureaucracy. Her office created an electronic suggestion box to welcome ideas from the public.

Perdue said she was responding to complaints that government gets in the way or regulates too much.

“I am sending these 900 rules directly to the General Assembly and asking them to pass legislation to repeal them immediately,” she said. “These rules complicate the lives of North Carolinians and businesses in our state every day, and we can do better.”

The announcement came on the same day a state Senate committee debated a bill that would prevent state agencies from adopting a rule that would result in additional costs on the public, with some exceptions.

Perdue said she would also ask the General Assembly to revisit the state’s rule-making process to ensure it will no longer generate rules that create undue burdens on businesses and North Carolinians. She also said she would require any agencies proposing new rules to make a representative available at every public review hearing to explain the rule’s purpose.

“I have heard too often that when rules go to hearing, citizens are pleading their case in a public forum unattended by the rule proposer,” she said. “If an agency feels strongly enough about a rule to propose it, then they need to care enough to show up and listen to the public.”

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  • Alex25 Feb 8, 2011

    TRANSPARENCY.

  • Alex25 Feb 8, 2011

    Anarchy isn't defined as the absence of laws. But rather the tyranny of too many laws.

    Freedom.

  • adelaidestallings Feb 8, 2011

    I am not a tea partier, however I do agree with much of what they stand for and I say hooray for Gov. Perdue. This is the kind of leadership we as Americans should look for in our elected leaders

  • ykm Feb 8, 2011

    strange how the Democrats have had "Come to Jesus"
    Amen to that. Doesn't matter to me who sees the light as long as they do.

  • think01 Feb 8, 2011

    "It doesn't matter what any Democrat does, the little tea party kids have been told that they are not permitted to like/agree with it." --- This is so very very true, but it's true for BOTH sides. The primary function of the Democratic and Republican parties seems to be vehemently disagreeing with each other no matter what. Sad, really. No more independent thought, just mindless contradiction.

  • geosol Feb 8, 2011

    "Let's see the tea party find a way to disagree with doing away with regulations. :)" Now, you know very well that our little right wing hyperpartisans are not supposed to be happy about ANYTHING these days. It doesn't matter what any Democrat does, the little tea party kids have been told that they are not permitted to like/agree with it. Check out their comments here.

  • usnret Feb 8, 2011

    Let's see the tea party find a way to disagree with doing away with regulations. :)

  • whatelseisnew Feb 8, 2011

    Oh no, not that, please please don't get rid of 900 rules. In fact we probably need another 9000 rules, just in case we are still breathing.

  • flyguync Feb 8, 2011

    Isn't it strange how the Democrats have had "Come to Jesus" experiences since the Republicans took charge?

  • timba Feb 8, 2011

    would be nice if we were able to read the 900 rules

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