INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dozens of new rules and regulations have been
implemented in Indiana in recent months despite an executive order Gov. Mike
Pence signed on his first day in office creating a moratorium on them to
allow his administration time to weed out unnecessary policies.
Thatís because Penceís order allowed any rules agencies had already started
to continue through the approval process and granted exceptions for matters
of safety, health or emergency or to meet federal requirements.
State Budget Director Chris Atkins tells The Journal Gazette that although
the Office of Management and Budget has approved about 30 new rules and
regulations, many agencies havenít tried to implement new rules this year.
The notices of intent to file a new rule dropped 72 percent in the first
five months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012.
Some of the rules that have been approved this year include one allowing a
dog park in Fort Harrison in Indianapolis and another allowing alcohol sales
within the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion.
Requests that have been rejected include a plan to increase tolls on the
Wabash Memorial Toll Bridge in southern Indiana and a Department of Natural
Resources rule that would have added provisions regarding notice to adjacent
landowners for game bird shooting preserves.
Atkins says work has begun to review the stateís 11,000 pages of
administrative rules to identify those that are unnecessary or are
burdensome. The state plans to set up a website to collect opinions and will
examine the permitting processes residents must follow. Public input will
help guide the review process.
Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, former chairman of the Administrative Rules
Oversight Committee, said rules are necessary but that he thinks the review
is a good idea. He said some rules licensing various professions can become
onerous and limit competition.
ďOnce these rules go in, unless itís really outrageous itís really difficult
to get them out,Ē he noted.