Several weeks ago it was announced that the Governor would unveil this week recommendations coming out of her Commission on Budget Reform & Accountability Commission, charged with recommending cost-saving and efficiency measures within state government. Instead, at a Thursday press conference, Governor Perdue announced a "set government straight” campaign aimed at ridding state government of antiquated or unneeded government rules and regulations.
At the news conference held in an elementary school in Chatham County, the Governor unveiled an executive order that directs cabinet secretaries and council of state members to stop creation of new rules that aren't absolutely necessary. With that she is requiring that all new rules proposed by cabinet agencies undergo review by the Office of State Budget and Management.
Finally, the executive order solicits input from citizens, community groups and others regarding rules and regulations that should be reviewed, eliminated or consolidated. Anyone with suggestions can submit them to http://www.setgovernmentstraight.nc.gov/.
One of the examples of rules that cause needless confusion cited by the Governor established conflicting rules regarding public school playground safety. Those rules prompted clarifying legislation in the 2009 Session of the General Assembly. Another cited by the Governor is a rule impeding experimentation with harnessing wind-created energy off of North Carolina's coast.