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Executive Order 95-03
January 25, 1995


WHEREAS, a strong and growing economy is essential to job formation and the well-being of Rhode Island; and

WHEREAS, government over-regulation poses a threat to the health of Rhode Island businesses, especially small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy; and

WHEREAS, Rhode Island citizens are often subject to a myriad of burdensome and time-consuming government regulations with which they must comply before they can receive government benefits and services; and

WHEREAS, a moratorium on the issuance of any new regulations is justified so that each department can assess the need for all current regulations and eliminate or modify those which are not warranted;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN C. ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:

1. No department, commission or agency subject to this Order shall issue any new rule or regulation for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of this Order, except for such rule or regulation found to be required by an imminent peril to the public health, safety, or welfare pursuant to § 42-35-3(b) of the Rhode Island General Laws.

2. Each such department, commission and agency shall assess the necessity,cost and benefit of existing regulations and where appropriate, after notice and public hearing as required by law, modify or eliminate those regulations which cost more than they benefit the State.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond