Gov. Jay Nixon today signed into law three bills designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness in state government. The Governor said the three "good government" bills - Senate Bill 469, House Bill 1135 and House Bill 1608 - fit with his administration's continuing work to ensure that state government operates in an efficient manner that best serves the people of Missouri.
"Over the past three and a half years, we've worked to make government smarter and more effective," Gov. Nixon said. "We have dramatically expanded our use of the Internet to deliver faster service at lower costs; reduced the physical footprint of state government, including lowering the state's energy costs and the number of state vehicles; eliminated boards and commissions that no longer met or served their purpose; and saved millions of dollars through smarter and more effective practices. These three bills will keep Missouri on that same track by requiring regular review of administrative rules, and by cleaning up our statutes through the removal of laws that pertain to obsolete programs."
Senate Bill 469 and House Bill 1135 both provide periodic review of state administrative rules by the appropriate state agency every five years. The reviews will consider whether the rule continues to be necessary or is obsolete; duplicates, overlaps or conflicts with other state, federal or local rules; needs changes or should be rescinded in order to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, individuals or political subdivisions, or to eliminate unnecessary paperwork; and whether a less restrictive, more narrowly tailored rule could adequately protect the public or accomplish the same statutory purpose.
House Bill 1608 repeals provisions and sections of law regarding unfunded and obsolete programs, and establishes expiration dates for specified provisions. The cleanup of 138 sections or subsections of state statutes will result in a more accurate and concise version of statutes, Gov. Nixon said. This is the third year in a row that the Governor has signed into law a bill to clean up duplicate or obsolete Missouri statutes.