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Cutting Red Tape

In Gov. Little’s first year as Idaho Governor, we surpassed South Dakota and achieved the title of least regulated state in the country.

Since Gov. Little took office in 2019, Idaho has cut or simplified 95-percent of regulations, transforming our administrative code. We’ve taken other steps since then to ensure Idaho regulations remain streamlined, user-friendly, and easy to understand. Gov. Little’s Zero-Based Regulation initiative will continue to eliminate red tape moving forward while maintaining safety.

Cutting red tape has been a key achievement and unrelenting focus of Gov. Little’s. In fact, Gov. Little’s regulatory reform efforts have been so successful that the Legislature saw fit to make the Governor’s Zero-Based Regulation efforts permanent in 2023 by requiring agencies to undergo review of their rule chapters every eight years.

Here’s how we did it:

  1. Within his first few weeks in office, Gov. Little issued two executive orders aimed at scaling back regulations – the Red Tape Reduction Act and Licensing Freedom Act of 2019.
  2. Gov. Little’s Zero-Based Regulation executive order in 2020 forces a routine review of rule chapters annually.
  3. Gov. Little directed state agencies to find efficiencies in the rules they administer as part of the “rules reauthorization process,” under which Idaho’s administrative code expires if it is not reauthorized.
  4. Gov. Little signed an executive order in 2020 shrinking the size of state government by consolidating 11 separate agencies in the new Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses, a move that has led to efficiencies and resulted in better service at a lower cost for Idahoans.
"Here in Idaho, we are demonstrating that if you roll up your sleeves, stay focused on your goal, and work effectively with others, you can get things done. When we reduce regulatory friction, good jobs follow.”
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