ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the 2014 session continues, one of the major issues on the agenda is reforming and streamlining government itself in an “Unsession”. Citizens, state agencies and legislators have been reviewing state government in an effort to modernize and repeal burdensome laws and red tape. On Monday, State Senator Jim Carlson (DFL – Eagan) introduced a package of legislation (SF2081) that would provide much needed updates and reform at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
“We have an opportunity this year to really make government easier for people to understand and for our bureaucracy to lose some of its bloat,” said Sen. Carlson. “Many of the laws, rules and regulations we are looking at are outdated, redundant or unnecessary. By reforming and updating these laws, we are making things faster and easier for the citizens of Minnesota.”
The idea for the “Unsession” has been embraced by citizens as well as state agencies. Many laws on the books are unneeded. For example, in Minnesota it is a misdemeanor to sell fruit in an illegally-sized fruit container, an offence with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail. By eliminating this law and others like it, as well as simplifying state statute, Minnesotan’s can have an easier time navigating state government.
“Right now there are more regulations in place for the telegraph industry than the telecom industry. That just shows how great the need is for this top to bottom review. We can save people time and money by reforming now. Many people in both the public and private sector want these changes, so let’s make them happen,” said Sen. Carlson.
The legislation, SF 2081, passed out of the Commerce Committee on a voice vote.
For information on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Jim Carlson at 651-297-8073 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.