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Ohio CSI Releases Report on Regulation Reform

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For eight years, the Ohio Common Sense Initiative, or CSI, has worked to reform “unnecessary state regulations that stifle job growth,” according to release from Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

In the annual report, Taylor summarized the work CSI has done since its founding in 2011. Last year, it amended or eliminated more than 62% of the new and existing state business-impacting regulations it reviewed, the release stated. Overall, it amended or eliminated 60% of the rules reviewed under Taylor’s leadership.

“CSI was created to contribute to a more robust Ohio economy with expanded job opportunities,” Taylor said. “It has helped open the state to business innovation.”

Of the 2,195 business rules reviewed in 2018, CSI amended 1,111 and rescinded 259, according to the report. There was no change taken on 570 rules.

The top five agencies with rules reviewed were licensing boards with 885 rules reviewed, agriculture (187), environment (178), commerce (137) and health (137).

Since 2011, CSI has reviewed nearly 15,000 rules, of which it amended 7,815, rescinded 1,307, and hand no change to 4,130.

In addition, a new section of the Ohio Revised Code this year allowed CSI to review actions or proposed actions by a state board or commission that might be subject to state or federal antitrust law.

The 2018 report shows CSI “remained true to its charge of assuring that state regulations protect the public where necessary and that business growth – especially small business growth – is encouraged where possible,” the release stated.

Copyright 2019 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.