Regulatory Reform Commission Publishes 2017 Report
Hogan Administration Moves to Implement All 657 Recommendations, Signs Executive Order to Minimize Regulatory Impact on Small Businesses
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Regulatory Reform Commission, established by Governor Larry Hogan and tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of Maryland’s regulatory climate, today issued its final report, which identifies over 600 individual regulations to be streamlined or eliminated. In response, Governor Hogan announced that the administration will implement all 657 recommendations.
To fulfill one of the report’s recommendations, the governor issued Executive Order 01.01.2017.33, requiring state agencies to use guidelines adopted by the Advisory Council on the Impact of Regulations on Small Businesses for estimating the cost of compliance and the economic impact of regulations on small businesses. Creating a common sense regulatory environment for Maryland’s hundreds of thousands of small businesses, many of which are minority- or women-owned enterprises, is critical to growing the state’s economy.
“The primary focus of our administration has been on growing our economy, putting people back to work, and creating an environment of economic opportunity for every single Marylander,” said Governor Hogan. “These common sense reforms to cut red tape and bring state government into the 21st century will help Maryland job creators – especially our small businesses – grow, thrive, and put even more people back to work.”
Restructuring and reforming state government is a top priority of the Hogan-Rutherford administration. In July 2015, the governor signed an executive order creating the Regulatory Reform Commission to conduct a top-to-bottom review of every single regulation on the books, with the goal of finding ways to cut through government red tape and streamline Maryland’s cumbersome bureaucracy and slow approval processes. The Hogan administration eliminated or streamlined another 187 regulations identified in the commission’s 2016 report, bringing the total number of reformed regulations since taking office to 844.
“This is the first comprehensive, exhaustive review of Maryland’s regulations in a generation, and delivers on Governor Hogan’s promise to reform state government to be more responsive to the citizens of our great state,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “We thank the Commission, numerous state agencies, and the Advisory Council on the Impact of Regulations on Small Businesses for the countless hours of work that went into this report, enabling our administration to eliminate or streamline hundreds of regulations.”
Regulations identified for reform in the report include:
- Repealing 224 obsolete or redundant Department of Health regulations.
- Removing a Department of the Environment requirement that small businesses with privately owned water and sewerage systems place capital into an escrow account for 20 years equal to the cost of the capital expenditure to construct or expand the system, despite the lack of any similar requirement for publicly owned systems.
- Enabling the Department of the Environment to issue a single permit covering both toxic substances and pesticide application, where operators previously had to apply for two permits.
- Repealing a $500 fee previously charged by the Maryland Transportation Authority to tow companies applying for a permit.
The report highlights additional Hogan-Rutherford administration initiatives to make government more accessible and responsive to Marylanders, including the Governor’s Customer Service Initiative, the Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement, and Maryland Business Express, an online portal to optimize services for the hundreds of thousands of businesses that interact with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation.
Governor Hogan signed an executive order establishing the Regulatory Reform Commission in July 2015. The commission is chaired by Abba David Poliakoff and includes the Lt. Governor as an ex-officio member, plus eight additional members appointed by the governor with a range of experience in various sectors representing regions across the state. For more information, please visit http://governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/home/regulatory-reform.