September 30, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell's office is working to reduce a backlog of regulations awaiting action by the governor.
Some regulations have been pending in the review process for more than two years.
The regulations affect a variety of professions, industries and people.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says the governor's policy office began acting on pending regulations after Labor Day. At the same time, McDonnell's office called on state agencies to identify regulations that are no longer necessary or "overly burdensome" so they can be improved or repealed.
William Leighty served on a task force in the mid-1990s that recommended that new regulations be approved by the governor. He says the goal was to give new regulations closer scrutiny. But it created a huge bottleneck.