Governor John R. Kasich today signed into law Senate Bill 3, sponsored by State Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley), which builds on the regulatory reform initiative begun in 2011 with the passage of Senate Bill 2. Altogether, the bill represents a strong push to encourage economic growth and job creation by eliminating antiquated, unnecessary or nonsensical rules and regulations.
“In Ohio, we are working to formulate a regulatory policy that protects individuals and consumers wile promoting a strong private sector that is growing and producing job opportunities for our friends and neighbors,” said LaRose. “Senate Bill 3 is another step in establishing that environment. Today is a great victory for a healthy economy in the Buckeye State.”
The bill adds a number of improvements to the current rule-making process by increasing communications between state government and small businesses. Senator LaRose was instrumental in developing a rule watch website,, which makes the rule making process more transparent, allowing Ohioans to voice their concerns and provide valuable input. The website includes tools that allow users to sign up for notifications on rules that impact specific subjects or industries. Senate Bill 3 will codify this new tool to ensure that it remains a one-stop shop for tracking new and revised government regulations. Through systematic and transparent reviews as well as greater public involvement, state agencies will be able to adjust or eliminate regulations that hinder economic development in Ohio.
Senate Bill 3 incorporates the suggestions of numerous small business and industry groups. It benefitted from the collaborative efforts of; the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) staff, fellow legislators from both parties, the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSIO), and findings from the 2008 Ohio Regulatory Reform Task Force Report. 

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