Secretary of state ready to cut Maine regulations

Posted Jan. 12, 2011, at 2:58 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s secretary of state says his office has flagged numerous rules and regulations that can be eliminated or repealed.

Secretary Charles Summers Jr. says some of those rules remain even though they’ve long since been repealed in statute. Others are simply duplicate requirements.

Summers also has ordered an immediate moratorium on rule-making within the bureaus overseen by his office. Each bureau must conduct an exhaustive review of existing and pending rules to prevent unneeded rule-making and burdens on business.

The Secretary of State’s Office is in charge of motor vehicle registration and licensing, corporate registration, elections and the state archive.

Gov. Paul LePage has ordered state agencies and departments to stop issuing new rules unless they’ve been cleared by his office.

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