SUSPENDING NON-CRITICAL RULE DEVELOPMENT AND ADOPTION
WHEREAS, we are called upon in these unprecedented economic times to both conserve resources and continue to meet our responsibilities; and
WHEREAS, the current recession is causing severe economic stress for small businesses and governments; and
WHEREAS, in a time of severe budget constraints, small businesses and governments find it more difficult to monitor and respond to proposed changes in rules and policies; and
WHEREAS, a stable and predictable regulatory and policy environment will conserve resources for small businesses and local governments and promote economic recovery; and
WHEREAS, suspending non-critical rule making will allow agencies to focus staff resources on direct service delivery; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christine O. Gregoire, Governor of the state of Washington, by virtue of the power vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the state of Washington, do hereby order and direct:
|(1)||The suspension of non-critical rule development and
adoption from the date of this Executive Order
through December 31, 2011.
|(2)||The Office of Financial Management to publish guidelines identifying circumstances in which rule making may proceed.|
This Order is not intended to, and does not confer any legal rights and shall not be used as a basis for legal challenges to rules or other actions or to any inaction of the governmental entity subject to it.
This Order shall expire by its own terms on January 1, 2012.
Signed and sealed with the official seal of the state of Washington on this 17th day of November 2010 at Olympia, Washington.
|Christine O. Gregoire
|BY THE GOVERNOR:|
|[Assistant] Secretary of State|