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WHAT OTHERS SAY: New laws designed to reduce accumulation

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 2:16 p.m. CDT

Accumulation is a part of life.

As we go through life, we accumulate experience, knowledge, memories and — typically — material possessions that fill rooms, closets, attics and basements.

In government, regulations and legislation accumulate.

State agencies continually adopt new regulations, and each legislative session adds new statutes to those passed and signed in previous years.

This year, lawmakers passed 113 bills and Gov. Jay Nixon signed 98 of them. Friday marked the deadline for Nixon to act on legislation approved in the recent session.

Those 98 new laws could increase in number when legislators gather for the September veto session to consider whether to attempt to override the governor’s 14 vetoes.

Among the remaining bills signed into law Friday were measures to clean, organize and eliminate clutter in accumulated legislation.

Nixon said the trio of bills will “require regular review of administrative rules” and clean up statues “through removal of laws that pertain to obsolete programs.”

Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield and sponsor of one of measures, said the new law requires all state regulations to be “subject to a periodic review every five years, with the initial reviews beginning in 2015. State agencies will be required to determine whether their regulations are outdated, duplicative, burdensome or narrowly tailored.

He added: “The best thing government can do for proven job creators is move out of the way, not throw up barriers.”

Unnecessary and antiquated regulations and statutes obstruct job creation.

The clutter of obsolete and often conflicting requirements also can impede good government.

Keeping our regulatory and statutory house in order, ironically, is the goal of these new statues.

Copyright Jefferson City News Tribune. Reprinted with permission. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.


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