On first day in office, Gov. Pence imposes regulatory moratorium in Indiana

“Over several decades the proliferation of administrative rules and regulations at all levels of government has increased the complexity and expense of economic life,” the order says. “Reducing this regulatory burden will promote citizens’ freedom to engage in individual, family and business pursuits.”

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In addition to directing state agencies to halt any rulemaking activity indefinitely, the order requires the state’s budget office to evaluate existing rules and put forth recommendations for which should be repealed, beginning with the most onerous.

Pence’s administration is also eyeing federal regulations. Late last week, Indiana Attorney Gen. Greg Zoeller announced plans to dispatch a deputy attorney general to Washington, a step he said was made necessary by an increase in federal actions that encroach on states’ “zone of legal authority.”

Deputy Attorney General Richard M. Bramer will monitor legislation and regulatory proposals, ensuring that state officials get a chance to affect proposals that raise concern.

“It’s important that we have someone on the ground in Washington, D.C. monitoring these changes so that my office, Governor-elect Pence’s Office and our members of Congress and the Legislature have an early warning of potential changes adversely affecting Indiana,” Zoeller said.

Pence, Indiana’s 50th governor, used a portion of his inauguration speech to tout the state’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.

“While many of our sister states — some on the coasts, and some nearby — are struggling, our state is poised for an era of growth like no other in our lifetime,” he said in prepared remarks.