Sunsetting Bill Shines Light on Red Tape
By sunsetting red tape rules, a new bill I'm working on will bring sunlight to the bureaucratic process. State Representative Jim Steineke of Kaukauna and I are introducing legislation which will sunset administrative code chapters every seven years.
With how quickly technology and the marketplace change, we can't keep doing things the same way just because that's the way we've always done it. Adding sunset clauses to entire chapters of rules will make sure they stay relevant with our fast-changing world.
Currently, once it's established, administrative code or red tape can exist forever - often does - even when the rules don't reflect the times.
One year before the chapter of code expires, the agency can seek the chapter's re-adoption by going to the Legislature. If the relevant standing committees object, then the code can be renewed by going through the rule making process all over again. If no lawmakers object, the chapter of code is readopted. The process will allow for more input from the public and lawmakers and regular opportunities to hold bureaucracies accountable.
Right now, Representative Steineke and I are seeking co-sponsors for the legislation.