GOVERNMENT
11:05 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Gov. Patrick Leads Regulation Review

Gov. Patrick, seen in this file photo, is pushing to decrease government regulations that hinder the Mass. business industry.
Gov. Patrick, seen in this file photo, is pushing to decrease government regulations that hinder the Mass. business industry.
Credit File photo / Governor's Office

Governor Deval Patrick announced plans to streamline government regulations Monday. The Governor hopes getting rid of unnecessary regulations will facilitate the growth of Massachusetts’ business community.

Patrick first ordered a review of all government rules last March.

“The objective was to get rid of those that no longer serve a purpose and update those that have gone stale over the years,” he explained.

So far the administration has gone through 446 regulations, and they hope make changes to nearly half of them.  The administration will deregulate the funeral home industry so that part time employees will be able to work at more than one business.  The Board of Registration of Barbers and the Board of Registration of Electrologists are also scheduled to combine.

Patrick says the point of these changes is to create a more friendly business climate.

“This work of modernizing our rules will remove unnecessary barriers to starting a small business, make state government more efficient, and better align our practices with national models,” he said.

The administration has about 1500 more sets of regulations to review.