CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice has issued two executive orders this week dealing with state government rules and regulations.

One of the orders puts a moratorium on implementation of new administrative rules, while the other one calls for full agency regulatory reviews.


Gov. Jim Justice

“Outmoded, ineffective, excessively burdensome and unnecessary rules….have created a heavy regulatory burden on West Virginians,” according to one of the orders.

With that order, all executive agencies with rule-making authority are being instructed to review rules under their jurisdiction.

Regulatory review reports detailing existing rules and determinations of whether those rules should continue, be modified or be repealed are due to Justice and the Legislative Ruling Making Review Committee on or before Nov. 1.

In conjunction with that order, the additional measure suspends rule-making actions not filed with the Secretary of State’s office prior to Jan. 10, the date both orders were filed.

There are possible exceptions to the moratorium for cases that include updates to state rules to comply with federal law requirements, job creation, repealing existing rules or reducing spending.

Those seeking exemptions must provide written explanations to Governor Justice for consideration.

“All agencies shall cooperate with and provide assistance in the implementation of this Regulatory Moratorium Executive Order to the fullest extent permitted by law,” the order read.

See both orders HEREĀ and HERE.

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