Missouri House endorses bill on state regulations

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 12:19 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House members have endorsed legislation to require periodic reviews of the state's administrative regulations.

Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, said the measure is intended to help small businesses for which excessive regulation can be a problem. Democrats say the legislation would create uncertainty in Missouri's rulemaking process and be expensive to implement.

State agencies would need to review the rules and regulations from time to time and consider factors such as whether a rule is necessary, overly restrictive or obsolete. Existing regulations would expire on a rolling schedule starting in 2015. State agencies that want to keep specific rules would have to renew them once a decade.

House members voted 102-35 on Wednesday to approve the measure. The bill now moves to the state Senate.

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