Bend, OR – Senate President Peter Courtney has appointed Senator Chris Telfer (R) of Bend to an Advisory Committee created to examine Oregon’s regulatory environment. In a memorandum issued by Governor John Kitzhaber his intent in creating the Regulatory Streamlining and Simplification Project was to initiate a concerted effort delivering services with greater efficiency and improving the permitting process at the state level.
“I’m honored to serve in this capacity to evaluate what seems to be a process that continues to hinder job growth in Oregon”, says Telfer, who attempted to create the task force by introducing SB 988 in the 2011 legislative session. “The fact that the Governor has taken it upon himself to move forward in assembling this group is a good sign for Oregon businesses”, Telfer continues.
The Advisory Committee, comprised of agency directors, legislators, local economic development officials and business owners, will work in cooperation with several key stakeholders, including Attorney General John Kroger. The project will work to induce job growth by promoting a more positive business climate and fulfills Kitzhaber’s commitment to the 2010 Oregon Business plan’s regulatory initiative. Two reports that will be produced and delivered to the Governor will propose immediate steps, legislative initiatives, recommendations on internal modifications to agency practices, best practices, and long term initiatives to achieve the goals of the project.
Telfer, who has been very active in addressing the impacts of the regulatory environment on Oregon’s businesses, spoke on the topic yesterday morning as part of a panel discussion to participants of the annual NFIB conference, held in Sunriver. She plans to speak later this week at the Oregon Business Policy Forum on the impacts and improvements needed to spur job recovery.
The Advisory Group will be working towards a project completion and adoption of final proposal by June 2012.