Cutting Burden Statewide
DEPARTMENT RULE REVIEW DOCUMENTS
Section §2-7-203(4), C.R.S., requires all departments to submit a document to the Colorado General Assembly containing a list of new rules or revisions that a department expects to propose in the next calendar year.
Senate Bill 14-063 requires each department to conduct a review of its rules to assess continuing need for, and the appropriateness and cost effectiveness of, its rules to determine if they should be continued in their current form, modified, or repealed.
Departments are required to submit a report on the results of the Regulatory Agenda, as well as the results of the department’s Mandatory Rules Review.
CUTTING RED TAPE
Pits and Peeves Initiative
In 2011, the State hosted a series of roundtable discussions where business organizations, associations, advocacy groups, public policy groups, academia members, local government officials, and nonprofit organizations spoke to senior state government executives about the realities of red tape and regulatory agencies. The findings and progress made through the Pits and Peeves initiatives has been documented along the way:
Cut the Burden
Colorado’s economy benefits from continuous review of regulation to eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens and requirements, so the Hickenlooper Administration has tasked each department to identify “Cut the Burden” projects to comply with regulations or requirements in a meaningful and measurable way.
For the FY17 Cut the Burden initiative, departments have committed to projects that will reduce more than a dozen requirements in a quantifiable, measurable way--saving customers $7.8 million and 2,260,000 hours. In addition, for the Regulatory Agendas submitted November 1, 2016, department executive directors certified that for every rulemaking on the agenda, stakeholders were engaged prior to the formal rulemaking process--a step that goes beyond the requirements of House Bill 12-1008. High-level information about recent Cut the Burden acheivements can be found here, and a more detailed breakdown of each department’s Cut the Burden projects can be found here.
Changes to Rulemaking
The modifications to state agencies’ rulemaking process is intended to create more transparency and efficiency to rulemaking, and ensure that all departments engage early with stakeholders in rulemaking. For more information about agency responsibilities in the Colorado rulemaking process click here.