In an executive order issued today, Governor Dannel Malloy directed state agencies to conduct an independent review of state regulations more than four years old “in order to identify any that are obsolete, duplicative, excessively burdensome, or otherwise ineffective or unnecessary.”

“We’re committed to making state government more efficient, more transparent and more responsive, and engaging Connecticut’s citizens and businesses in a public conversation about state regulations is an important part of that effort,” the governor said today.

Agency heads must report back to the governor by February 3.

Governor Malloy's executive order outlines principles agencies must follow when drafting updated regulations, including:

  • clearly identifying policy goals and how the proposed regulations seek to achieve those goals;
  • accounting for the anticipated impact on economic growth that will be hampered or helped by creating the regulation;
  • utilizing best practices for regulation, including using the least burdensome tools to  achieve regulatory goals;
  • writing regulations in clear easy to understand language.

The executive order also invites public comment on state regulations. Comments will be accepted until December 16 and can be submitted via email or through an online form.

You can review all state regulations at the Secretary of State's website.

“We are very pleased the governor is undertaking a thorough review of the state’s regulatory climate,” said John Rathgeber, CBIA president and CEO.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a commitment from a number of state agencies, including the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Revenue Services, to be more customer-service-focused and timely in their decision-making.

"Regulatory burdens have a significant impact on our business climate, so it’s critical that real progress be made across all state agencies to improve Connecticut’s standing as a better place for businesses to invest and create jobs.”

Brackett Denniston, vice president and general counsel at GE, also was pleased by the governor’s move.

“Regulation works best when it is subject to a rigorous and open process, including cost benefit analysis and a process to rethink outdated assumptions and approaches,” he says.

“I applaud the governor for paving the way for smarter regulation in Connecticut and encourage other states to do the same.”