Recommendations to be submitted to the AELR Committee
ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 9, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley today – Governor Martin O’Malley today submitted 131 state regulations to be repealed, revised or streamlined to the Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee. On October 17, 2011, Governor O’Malley signed an Executive Order requiring all State agencies to conduct a comprehensive review of their regulations in order to identify those that could be modified, streamlined, or repealed in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on Maryland’s businesses and promote economic growth and spark faster job creation.
“Making it easier to do business in Maryland – making it easier for businesses to add to their payrolls - remains a top priority,” said Governor O’Malley. “Because of the tough choices we have made together over the last six years, unemployment is down to a three year low, we have recovered 45 percent of the jobs lost during the recession and Maryland’s businesses are creating jobs again. But better is not good enough. Together, we can create more jobs, as our economy – both nationally and here in Maryland – shows very real signs of improving.”
Throughout the review process, the Governor’s Office solicited input from partners in the business community and established a public comment forum on the Maryland Made Easy website to solicit comments from the general public. The Governor’s Office received more than 350 comments via the website, all of which were monitored and distributed to the appropriate agencies for review and consideration.
Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown remain committed to creating jobs. In addition to the Executive Order, Governor O’Malley hosted the Maryland Made Easy 2012 Symposium on Job Creation in December to solicit input from business leaders, educators and industry stakeholders on how the state can make it easier for businesses to grow and thrive in Maryland.
The attached spreadsheet is the culmination of our regulatory review process, with suggestions for repeal, streamlining, and revision.