In total, the executive agencies under the direction of Governor Daugaard have eliminated
more than 148,000 words of red tape including over 900 sections of code.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has repealed 298 sections, totaling 28,466 words and 67 rules from South Dakota’s Administrative Rules.
The Department of Social Services has identified 64 pages of duplicative or outdated rules, some dating as far back as 1939.
The Department of Corrections identified an entire chapter of the state code that has not been used since 1996.
The Bureau of Personnel eliminated 86 sections of the state code in addition to 90 administrative rules.
The Department of Labor and Regulation has identified 32 sections of code, totaling more than 4,000 words of regulation to be repealed.
In two years, executive agencies under Governor Daugaard have found 374 rules (72,990 words) and 919 sections of codified law (75,266 words) to be repealed, and the process is less than half done.
Year three of the Red Tape Review process will target additional departments for thorough review of unnecessary statues and rules.
We should reduce the number and complexity of state regulations. Business requires simplicity, predictability and consistency. Every member of my cabinet is consulting with "customers" that interact with state government. They are working to eliminate hundreds and hundreds of regulations and simplify even more of them.