Learning from State Regulatory Streamlining Efforts

A growing number of states are making significant headway towards creating better regulatory management systems and leaner regulations. This will undoubtedly save on administrative costs, eliminate redundancies and provide lessons that can improve efforts for reviewing and cataloging regulations in the future.


Well-designed regulations protect workers, consumers and the environment, while promoting entrepreneurship and economic growth. However, regulations also become outdated, and processes can become cumbersome and hinder business compliance. Thus, the way in which a state implements its regulations can be a major problem for business formation, economic growth and opportunity.

This report highlights state efforts to streamline regulatory systems and processes. If implemented carefully, these practices have the potential to help states reduce compliance burdens on businesses and improve the delivery of policies to state residents, including ensuring clear communication of those policies. States are finding innovative ways to make public interactions with the government more user-friendly with efforts aiming to save businesses time and money and thereby helping contribute to economic growth.

The report is structured around specific state strategies that can be applied when reviewing regulations:

  • Creating inventories to catalog rules
  • Setting goals and committing to transparency
  • Applying measurement techniques
  • Analyzing and assessing regulations
  • Practicing outreach and marketing
  • Reporting to the Governor
  • Putting into place oversight and enforcement mechanisms
  • Ensuring sustainability of reforms

Notably, reform efforts have been decidedly bipartisan. A diverse group of states, including Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky and Rhode Island have engaged in regulatory streamlining exercises in recent years. Additional states showcased in this report include Arizona, Missouri, New Jersey and Ohio.

This report concludes that regulatory streamlining efforts can assist with the swift and effective delivery of policies from government to businesses and citizens, thereby ensuring rules and regulations are easier to follow and less burdensome to comply with.