Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday the signing of an executive order which creates a new 10 member commission. The Regulatory Reform Commission is being tasked with reviewing every regulation on the books as it relates to doing business in Maryland. This is a continuation of his campaign promise to make Maryland open for business. The 3 year commission will report yearly, no later than December 1 of each year.
Some people, including House Speaker Michael Busch were critical of the plan. According to the Baltimore Sun, critics are concerned that the panel is made up mostly of CEOs and Presidents of companies. They are upset because there are no non-profit or environmental members. What I think the critics fail to realize is that the panel is just part of a process, and a much needed process. The governor was elected in part because Marylander’s are fed up with being 49th in job growth, they are fed up with over-burdensome regulations. The panel needs to be able to work unobstructed to review the regulations, and to be able to highlight those that need to be revised or eliminated. Once the recommendations are put forth, then we as the citizens of this great state have the ability to voice our opinion, and to speak out against proposals that are unsatisfactory. The Governor can always appoint additional members if he determines the need.
Speaker Busch is quoted as having said “He has the right to review every regulation.” He continued that any legislative proposals would be “highly scrutinized” by the house. Of course that is the right of the Speaker, and we can be sure that he will. The Sun article points out that O’Malley had a similar regulation review that revised or eliminate 130 regulations in 2012. Speaker Busch also is quoted as recalling that Governor Donald Schaefer did the same in the early 90′s. As the Chief Executive of the state, Gov. Hogan should be reviewing every regulation, there are no doubt tons of regulations that need to be lifted off of the backs of our businesses.
Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Honorary Chair
James A. Soltesz, co-chair
Abba David Poliakoff, co-chair
Susan J. Ganz
Henry Gilford III
William B. Grant, Esq., CFP
Joseph G. Baldwin
James T. Brady