Achieving Efficient Government and Regulatory Reform in Maryland

Commendably, in July 2015, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that he had established a Regulatory Reform Commission with the goal of streamlining government, stimulating economic activity, and creating jobs. The Commission held six regional meetings throughout Maryland to learn from local business leaders and interested citizens concerning how the state government can improve Maryland’s regulatory environment and, thereby, its overall economy.

The Commission issued a report containing recommendations including restructuring state government and implementing regulatory reform, creating a one-stop shop for business licenses and permits, adopting electronic documentation and online filings, streamlining the review process, consolidating occupational licenses, reducing fees and payment frequency, expanding minority and disadvantaged business opportunities, reviewing and revising vineyard and food truck requirements, and improving state procurement processes.

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