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Rutledge Supports President’s 1-in 2-out Rule


May 25, 2017

Says, ‘It is a very good start to undoing the damage of a bureaucrat’s dream of a vast administrative state’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of President Donald J. Trump and his executive order commonly known as the “1-in 2-out” rule. This order, signed by the President on Jan. 30, directs federal agencies to repeal two regulations for each new rule they issue.

“Rolling back unnecessary rules is a challenge for any administration,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The unlawful and unnecessary overregulation that has come out of Washington over the last several years has harmed job growth and hurt the economy. I commend the President for taking bold action, requiring that for any new regulation two must be eliminated. It is a very good start to undoing the damage of a bureaucrat’s dream of a vast administrative state.”

Citing the fact that over the last several years the regulatory burden has grown wildly – a burden largely carried by the states – because rarely are unnecessary regulations eliminated. The attorneys general believe the lawful executive order when fully implemented “will reduce the sprawl of unnecessary, costly regulations, consistent with congressional intent and important public policy considerations.”

Further, the brief notes that presidents have routinely issued executive orders instructing federal agencies to consider items such as cost, impact on the national economy and the effect of the rule on local governments. The attorneys general believe “the order is a reasonable exercise of that inherent authority, and will forward the interests of a more law-abiding administrative state.”

Led by attorneys general from West Virginia and Wisconsin, Rutledge is joined on the brief by the states of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming.

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