Bismarck, N.D. – According to the state officials, the Red Tape Reduction Working Group was created by executive order last August.

State officials also said that the working group was tasked with identifying regulations, rules and policies that could be changed or eliminated to reduce burdens and lower costs for North Dakota citizens and the private sector and make state government more efficient, effective and nimble.

The working group included all cabinet agencies as well as non-cabinet agencies that chose to participate.

After receiving about 500 ideas from the public, agencies and team members, the working group acted on nearly 400 submissions that resulted in draft bills submitted through the agency bill submission process to be acted on during the legislative session and through administrative rule changes and process improvement.

Through today, Burgum has signed 33 bills identified as reducing red tape, while eight bills have passed both chambers and await the governor’s signature and 11 bills are pending.

Governor Burgum released the following statement:

“By cutting red tape and streamlining regulations, we can lower the cost of government, improve efficiency and empower our citizens to reach their full potential. Our administration has embraced innovation over regulation, and these bills support that approach by doing away with unnecessary, duplicative and burdensome red tape.

We appreciate all of the cabinet agencies, non-cabinet team members and members of the public who contributed to these efforts with their ideas and suggestions, and the Legislature for continuing to support and promote efficient government.”