Topeka Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has received approximately 250 suggestions to repeal certain state laws, regulations and executive orders, according to Secretary of Administration Dennis Taylor, who serves as the State Repealer.
Taylor said most of the ideas have come from citizens.
“They run the gamut from telecommunications fees to agriculture, environmental, and health regulations to taxes (sales, income, property tax exemptions) and property assessment reporting requirements to elimination of certain state agencies to elimination of laws governing personal conduct including laws against DUI, regulations requiring drug tests, and prohibitions against sodomy and adultery,” Taylor said in a recent email.
Taylor said he will present Brownback with a set of repeal suggestions within the next two weeks.
He said any repeals of statutes would require legislation, while repeals of regulations would have to be reviewed by the Joint Committee on Rules and Regulations. Brownback can repeal executive orders.
Brownback established the Office of the Repealer in January through his first executive order, saying he wanted to shed any out of date, unreasonable and burdensome measures.
“State laws and regulations shouldn’t hinder opportunities for Kansas and Kansas businesses,” Brownback said.
To submit a rule or regulation for review, go to repealer.ks.gov.