Local Officials, Economic Development Directors Discuss Regulatory Reform

The Regulatory Reform Commission created by Governor Hogan in July held its first of a series of regional meetings today to begin its work identifying problems that could potentially impact Maryland’s business environment. Local officials presenting included Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Carroll County Commission President Doug Howard, and a number of county economic development officials. Officials discussed one-stop-shop offices to assist emerging small businesses, an approach to assist developers with inspections and permits, and the importance of the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit program.

During the public comment period, the Commission heard from associations representing appraisers and debt collector attorneys. As described in an article by The Daily Record (subscription required), some members expressed disappointment that more business owners were not present to testify. However, others expressed that this is one of many meetings and it provided an outlet for groups to express their views.

The Commission, which is being overseen by Lt. Governor Rutherford, plans to hold five more meetings between now and October 13. The Commission will remain in effect for three years and provide annual reports to the Governor by December 1 each year.

Information on the Regulatory Reform Commission, including members, meeting schedule, and the executive order, can be found on the Lt. Governor’s website.

For more information on its creation see the previous post on Conduit Street titled “Governor Hogan Creates Regulatory Reform Commission.”