LaRose Continues To Improve Government Practices, Streamline Regulation
Ohioans and small businesses stand to gain the most from regulatory review changes
June 26, 2013
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COLUMBUS —Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Senator Frank LaRose (R- Copley), passed the Ohio Senate today with bipartisan support by a vote of 32-0. The legislation builds on Senate Bill 2, which passed in the previous General Assembly. Altogether, the bill represents a strong push to encourage economic growth and job creation by eliminating antiquated and obstructive rules and regulations.
“Easing the burden on Ohio’s employers, while maintaining an efficient and effective regulatory system is important to attract and maintain jobs,” said LaRose. “We cannot allow good Ohio jobs to be chased out of our state by outdated regulations that no longer serve the public interest.”
The bill adds a number of improvements to the current rule-making process. It increases communication between state government and small businesses, utilizing input by stakeholders and the public. 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.
“There must be rules to protect against those unscrupulous operators who would allow self-interest to trump civic virtue; however we cannot allow cumbersome and unnecessary regulations to continue deterring business in Ohio,” added LaRose. “The solution to Ohio's economic challenges is better, smarter government, and in some cases, less government. Ohio has always been a great place to live and raise a family. Senate Bill 3 ensures that Ohio has a thoughtful approach to government regulation which considers a cost-benefit analysis before acting.”
Senate Bill 3 incorporates the suggestions of the Joint Committee on Agency Rules and Review (JCARR) staff, fellow legislators, the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSIO), and findings from the 2008 Ohio Regulatory Reform Task Force Report. 
The bill now awaits action in the Ohio House of Representatives.

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