The Mississippi Legislature could be ramping up its deregulation efforts as illustrated by bills to repeal all state agency rules every five years. That, or, as some political observers speculate, such bills, both in the House and Senate, might be designed to bolster the power of the next governor, a position for which Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to vie.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Buck Clarke, R-Hollandale, authored one of the bills with the idea of applying repealers, like the ones state lawmakers use in many bills, to all administrative rules and regulations. That is, thousands of pages of rules would expire five years after each rule’s initial adoption.
Rep. Robert Foster, R-Hernando, authored its sister bill in the House, which passed through the Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency Committee Wednesday.
“As this bill moves through the process, Lt. Gov. Reeves expects to hear from agencies on their thoughts on this legislation and whether it could save taxpayer dollars,” Reeves’ spokeswoman, Laura Hipp, said in an emailed statement.