Pence Unveils Policy Plan for Reducing Regulations

By Megan Trent

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - On Tuesday, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Pence announced, if elected, he'll press pause on new Hoosier regulations and re-evaluate many existing ones.

Pence made a stop at Perma-Column in Ossian to make the announcement, a permanent column manufacturer for post-frame buildings.

The cornerstone of Pence's campaign has been making Indiana "the state that works." Tuesday he said part of that goal is evaluating the numerous regulations that impact roughly 70 occupations and nearly half a million Hoosiers.

With state agencies passing almost 300 new regulations annually on average, Pence says deregulation is needed to raise private sector employment, attract new investments, and improve the quality of Indiana's workforce.

If elected, Pence says he'll pass an executive order that will create a moratorium on new regulations and shift focus to reviewing current regulations. Exceptions would include federal mandates, rules aimed at job creation, and emergency health or safety rules.

Pence says the Regulated Occupation Evaluation Committee (ROEC) would be renamed the Eliminate, Reduce and Streamline Employee Regulation Committee (ERASER). The new ERASER Committee would be tasked with reducing the number of occupational licenses based on public input.

Pence's opponent, Democrat John Gregg, released a statement on Tuesday saying, "This is what happens when you are out of state and out of touch. You call Mitch Daniels an over-regulating job killer."

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