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IN GOP lawmaker targeting agency rules in new bill

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A bill in the Indiana House would make it more difficult for state agencies to create new rules.

Republican lawmaker Steve Bartels of Eckerty has introduced a bill that would force agencies to eliminate a rule every time they create a new one that contains restrictions, penalties or fines. State agencies pass dozens of rules every year. The lawmaker calls his bill a “proactive approach to government oversight.”

WVPE reports that environmental advocates say it will hurt the state. The measure would also ban state agencies from creating rules that are more restrictive than federal rules or laws, and would limit emergency rules to last no more than 180 days.

The full House will now consider the bill.

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