The Office of Regulatory Reform (ORR) facilitates the creation and refinement of a clear, predictable, and reliable regulatory system by removing barriers to economic growth and improving competitiveness, while protecting the public interest. Since February 2015, ORR has been operating under Executive Order 15-07, which requires most Executive Branch regulations to be reviewed by ORR before and after public comment (click here for a timeline of each rulemaking process). Prior to EO 15-07 the director of Regulatory Reform had the authority to intervene on any individual regulatory or permitting issue; however, there was no mechanism to require the review of every proposed regulation. Under this new process agencies must submit all of their proposed regulatory actions to ORR, providing a systematic way to address regulatory issues.
In 2016 an update to the state's Administrative Procedures Act (APA) provided another mechanism to improve regulations. The revised APA requires every state regulation to be rewritten into the new RI Code of Regulations (RICR) by December 31, 2018 or they will no longer be enforceable. ORR is leading this statewide effort in coordination with the Secretary of State's Office.
The data presented below is based on ORR's internal review process. It does not represent the formal rulemaking data housed by the Secretary of State's Office.