Gov. Bill Lee puts freeze on new state regulations

Gov. Bill Lee puts freeze on new state regulations

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tennessee’s new governor is pressing pause on new regulations in the state in an effort to limit the size of state government.

Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order Friday to halt new regulations for the next 90 days across all state executive branch departments.

“As part of our efforts to limit the size of state government, we are taking a close look at the regulations we are imposing on citizens and businesses in Tennessee,” said Lee. “Our goal is to make Tennessee the most job-friendly state in the country and we are working to promote job creation and a commonsense regulatory approach.”

The order outlines a 90-day freeze in which no executive branch department can file a new rule or regulation with the secretary of state. During the freeze, the executive branch will develop the framework to better assess the costs and benefits of imposing new regulations.

“I’ve encouraged each department to think about their respective roles in making our state the best place to live, work and play,” said Lee. “A more thoughtful approach to regulation is a key step in getting government out of the way and putting the citizens of Tennessee first.”

Lee may allow for exceptions if a proposed rule benefits the health, safety or welfare of Tennesseans, according to a release from the governor’s office.

Regulations approved by former Gov. Bill Haslam’s office that have not taken effect are excluded from the executive order.

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