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Governor Kitzhaber Releases Recommendations to Streamline and Improve Regulatory and Permitting Processes in Oregon

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Location: Salem, OR

Following on his commitment at the Oregon Business Summit to accelerate job growth and economic development in Oregon, Governor Kitzhaber today released the Initial Proposal for the Regulatory Streamlining and Simplification Project, which was launched on September 15th of this year.

The proposal aims to create and maintain an efficient, simple, and streamlined permitting system that makes it easy to start and expand businesses while protecting public regulatory goals.

"While our regulatory review and permitting processes are improving, they still need work to assure that unnecessary delays are not a barrier to businesses expanding or locating in Oregon," Said Governor Kitzhaber. "The "rolling maybe' in permitting is unacceptable in an accelerating time-to-market world, and I am working to see how we can improve our regulatory systems, while still protecting those values we Oregonians hold dear."

Project co-sponsors include Governor Kitzhaber, Attorney General John Kroger and Department of Administrative Services Director and Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan. Senator Lee Beyer, Senator Chris Telfer, Representative Nancy Nathanson and Representative Patrick Sheehan serve on an advisory committee comprised of public and private sector representatives to make immediate recommendations as well as a final proposal to be submitted in May 2012.

"Improving the business climate in Oregon is crucial to the state's economic recovery," said Attorney General Kroger.

Immediate recommendations include:

* Initiate benchmarking and conduct a survey of selected states to assess how Oregon might best improve the regulatory process, including regulatory appeals.

* Manage the rule-making practices and the performance of regulatory processes to achieve improvements in timeliness, certainty and outcomes.

* Coordinate and promote ongoing efforts that lead to a one-stop, efficient natural resource permitting process.

* Direct agency leaders to consider regulatory streamlining as budgets are developed and recommended to the governor.

* Build on achievements of Governor Kulongoski's Streamlining Initiative, including the award winning ePermitting Project at the Building Codes Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

* Continue support for ongoing efforts by the Regional Solutions Centers and process improvement initiatives.

To view the Governor's Regulatory Streamlining and Simplification Project Initial Proposal: http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/docs/regulatory_streamline_project_proposal_120511.pdf


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