Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
August 30th, 2018 • News

August 30, 2018

  • The legislature is holding a unique series of meetings this week. All of the standing committees are going over state government rules and regulations.
  • The goal is to repeal any obsolete regulations. If they have no clear purpose, they will be repealed. Rules will be repealed if state government cannot justify them, no matter how long they have been on the books. Every now and then, it makes sense for government officials to evaluate the rules that they enforce.
  • The winners in this process are the citizens of Arkansas, especially people who own and operate small businesses.
  • Here is a typical example from the state Insurance Department, which submitted a list of rules that can be repealed without any noticeable difference in how the insurance industry operates. A financial reporting requirement can be repealed, because computers now make it completely unnecessary for insurance companies to keep paper copies of certain financial reports. Eliminating the requirement will in no way lessen the department’s duty to protect consumers, or to ensure that insurance companies maintain adequate financial reserves.
  • Local governments stand to benefit as much as small businesses. Numerous regulations governing emergency management are now obsolete, because of advances in wireless technology, communications and computers.
  • That means local government officials in charge of emergency response will no longer have to submit written plans according to guidelines published in 1973. The process will streamline regulations affecting almost every industry in Arkansas, including agriculture, banking, forestry, health care, and real estate, among many others. The result will be a smaller state government that is more efficient.
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