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Regulatory Improvement

This is generally a group of specific activities by state agencies implementing Governor Locke's Executive Order 97-02, and the April 17, 1997 Executive Order of the Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services on Regulatory Improvement.  These executive orders require agencies to review all their rules every four years and policies every two years for need, effectiveness, efficiency, clarity, compliance with statutory intent, coordination with other agencies, cost benefit, and fairness.  Reviews are conducted to determine if rules need to be repealed or updated and rewritten utilizing clear rule-writing principles. Policies are also reviewed to determine if they need to be made into rules.   In compliance with the Executive Order, DBHR maintains an issuance inventory of all their rules and policies that affect people and businesses outside of DBHR, and maintains a rule and policy Sunset Review Schedule. 


Regulatory Reform

This generally refers to actions taken by the Legislature and state agencies to lessen the regulatory burden of small businesses, particularly businesses that are regulated by more than one governmental agency.  Regulatory reform principles ensure that all rule-making by agencies is both authorized by the Legislature and is a public process, conducted in compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), Chapter 34.05 RCW.  In compliance with the principles of regulatory reform, DBHR writes all rules in compliance with the APA and publishes its Semi-Annual Rule-Making Agenda for any rule development in the Washington State Register  twice a year.  

For information about Regulatory Improvement, call Dennis Malmer, Certification Supervisor at 360-725-3747