FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               
May 15, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
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Sunset Legislation to Cut Red Tape

Madison – Assembly Majority Leader, Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), introduced legislation today that will give the legislature more say in Wisconsin’s rules and regulations processes. Their bill would sunset administrative code chapters every seven years instead of our current system which allows rules or red tape to be in place forever.

“By returning some of the responsibility of rule-making back to elected officials, we’re creating an atmosphere of accountability,” said Rep. Steineke. “Adding sunset clauses to rules will mean we can make sure that they stay relevant to the needs of Wisconsinites.”

The bill would create sunset clauses that will affect each rule and regulation, requiring their chapters to be re-adopted by the legislature every seven years. If the relevant standing committees object to the rule’s renewal, it can still be renewed by going through the rule-making process all over again. The process will allow for more input from the public and lawmakers to ensure rules are aligning with the needs of the people rather than the whims of individuals within state agencies.

“We can’t keep doing things the same way just because that’s the way we’ve always done it,” Sen. Darling said. “Adding sunset clauses to entire chapters of rules will make sure they stay relevant with our fast-changing world.”

Representative Steineke and Senator Darling are currently seeking co-sponsors for their legislation.