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by Todd DeFeo, Watchdog.org

Ohio lawmakers want to reduce the number of regulations in the Buckeye State, saying it will make the state more business friendly and help improve the economy.

House Bill 115 and Senate Bill 1 would require state agencies to reduce their rules and regulations by 30 percent by 2022. Any agency that cannot pare down its regulations must remove two regulations for every new one it proposes.

Ohio’s Administrative Code has 15.2 million words and more than 246,800 “unique restrictions,” according to state Sen. Kristina D. Roegner, R-Hudson, a co-sponsor of SB1.

“It’s good and important to have rules and regulations in place for the safety and well-being of our citizens,” state Rep. Craig S. Riedel, R-Defiance, a co-sponsor of HB 115, said in an interview. “I think it’s also safe to say we’ve gone beyond that, and that because of the excessiveness, it’s a drag on our economy.”

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