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Burgum announces 'red tape' reduction group

The group will look over recommendations for changes to the law and prepare "a comprehensive Red Tape Reduction Act" for the Legislature's consideration next year, according to a news release.

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Gov. Doug Burgum at the State of the State address on Feb. 16, 2022, at the Fargo Theatre.
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BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced on Thursday, Aug. 18, the founding of a group of state employees that will aim to cut unnecessary or overly burdensome laws from the state's books.

Burgum issued an executive order creating the "Red Tape Reduction Working Group." Members of all cabinet agencies and some other state agencies will review regulations and report back to the larger group with laws they believe can be axed.

The group will look over recommendations for changes to the law and prepare "a comprehensive Red Tape Reduction Act" for the Legislature's consideration next year, according to a news release.

“Prioritizing innovation over regulation has been a hallmark of our administration, and today’s action will build upon those efforts by scrutinizing regulations and policies on an agency-by-agency basis to identify unnecessary, duplicative and burdensome red tape,” Burgum said in the release. “Reducing the number of regulations and streamlining those that remain will lower costs, promote freedom and make it easier for North Dakota citizens, innovators and entrepreneurs to reach their fullest potential.”

Democratic-NPL Party Chair Patrick Hart bashed Burgum's new initiative, saying the Republican governor has "a habit of creating initiatives that are all talk and no substance."

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"If the governor is truly committed to meaningful reforms that modernize our state government — without gutting essential services — we’ll applaud it," Hart said. "However, until we see real positive innovation, we’ll take this announcement with a grain of salt."

North Dakota citizens can submit ideas for chopping laws off the books at the governor's website: www.governor.nd.gov/red-tape-reduction-working-group.

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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