(The Center Square) – Business owners and consumers have the opportunity to quickly report Ohio laws or regulations that make it difficult to conduct business as the state launches a new website it says cut red tape across the state.
In preparation since 2018, the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review’s Cut the Red Tape in Ohio The website – which launched on Monday – gives the public the opportunity to flag trade regulations that might be cumbersome or outdated and provides review that might eliminate or change those rules.
“This platform is another important step in reducing the government’s impact on the lives and businesses of Ohioans,” Joint Committee Chair Sen. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, said Monday. of the state on the agency’s rules review, in a statement. Gavarone missed Monday’s press conference due to illness.
Members of the public can use the website to submit a rule or regulation that they believe needs to be removed or changed and should receive a response within 24 hours from JCARR staff indicating that they will investigate the matter.
From there, JCARR will either keep the issue in-house or send it to a regulatory body for review. The site allows JCARR to track the entire process and contact the person who submitted the issue to let them know about the process.
“It will be a nationally leading access point to what our government is doing, sausage making,” said JCARR Member Rep. Jamie Callendar, R-Concord. “JCARR members have heard and seen voters over decades. The goal is to ensure that the citizens of Ohio have the opportunity to observe what their government is doing and have an impact on it.
The site and process were developed with assistance from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Business Roundtable, National Federation of Independent Business, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Ohio Manufacturers Association .
Rick Carfagna, former state representative and current senior vice president for government affairs in the Ohio House, said legislation happens in the General Assembly, but forms are created, processes are developed. and fees are established at the rulemaking level with state agencies.
“This is where what could have been a noble legislative intent loses its luster,” Carfagna said. “As the burden of regulations increases over time, it is critical that our state continues to monitor them. What’s great about Cut Red Tape Ohio is that it’s another outlet for the public, especially the business community. They will be heard and their comments will be listened to without any partisan perspective. We believe this will be an excellent catalyst for bringing about meaningful regulatory reform. »
The website originated from the previously passed and signed Senate Bill 9 sponsored by the senses. Rob McColley, R-Napoleon, and Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, which requires state agencies to reduce the total number of state regulations by 30% over three years. .
Local or federal regulations cannot be submitted for review.