New report outlines 7,500 changes to cut state red tape

The Hickenlooper administration released yet another report Tuesday identifying 7,500 rules and regulations that it said should be either eliminated or modified as part of the governor’s push to cut government red tape.

The report, the second this year, was produced as part of an effort by Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, to hold meetings across the state that were attended by business owners, local government officials, advocacy organizations and community groups.

These discussions identified regulatory inefficiencies in state government, as well as suggestions to address red tape.

“Red tape stymies innovation and economic growth,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “That’s why government needs to know when to regulate, how to regulate and when to get out of the way. This effort to reduce unnecessary burdens on business will help entrepreneurs and companies thrive in Colorado.”

Some rules will be modified, while others will be repealed altogether.

Some examples of rules to be repealed include:

  • Rules pertaining to the production of rapeseed (canola) which was limiting producer resources.
  • Rules for special events or civil functions on state highways which had not been modified since first adopted in 1973, and are no longer applicable under current law.

Click here to read the latest report.

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