In a region dominated by agriculture, government has imposed a plague of artificial regulations and rules that stand in stark contrast to a way of life as old as the Garden of Eden. Agriculture, small business, transportation, and virtually every other means of earning a living is inundated with fees, audits, permits, licenses, and assorted barriers that discourage business startups and job-creating business expansions.

New agency and department rules should require approval by both of the relevant House and Senate committees in order to take effect. Sweeping changes, including Common Core, have come through rules review in committees.

In 2018, I supported S1324, the Barber and cosmetology services act, which reduced required hours, combined the two boards, and will give more flexibility to individuals.