Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wants to cut bureaucratic red tape, tackles regulatory reform

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has introduced two bills designed to help Arizona businesses by reducing onerous government oversight.

The bills are aimed at reforming the way the government sets regulations, or rules surrounding things like the sale of tobacco and alcohol and numerous other aspects of American life and commerce. These regulations affect businesses in Arizona, and Sinema said she introduced the bills as part of an effort to simplify the process by which regulationsare evaluated.

The legislation was discussed at a hearing held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, where Sinema, D-Ariz., sits as ranking member.

Sinema’s first bill,the Setting Manageable Analysis Requirements in Text Act, would require the federal government to plan ahead for an assessment of their regulations. These assessments would compare the actual costs and benefits of the regulations to those proposed when it was introduced.

“By requiring agencies to plan for reviews through the SMART Act, the reviews will be more thorough and accurate, and less expensive and time-consuming,” Sinema said in a statement Tuesday. “This will improve regulations, remove unnecessary burdens, and increase transparency and accessibility for Arizona businesses.”

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