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Perdue wants 900 state rules abolished

Posted February 8, 2011 4:01 a.m. EST
Updated February 8, 2011 3:37 p.m. EST

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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.”