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Government Efficiency Worth 200,000 Words?

PIERRE, S.D., Jan. 13 (UPI) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed deleting about 200,000 words and 1,100 rules from the state’s administrative rules to help streamline government.

Ever since Daugaard proposed his “Better Government” initiative last summer, his staff has been scouring the books to identify what they regard as unnecessary regulations and statutes, the Pierre Capital Journal reported.

“I am proud that they exceeded my expectations, and we will be bringing 22 bills, totaling 168 pages in length, to repeal unnecessary regulations and statutes,” the governor said during his State of the State address Tuesday on the first day of the legislative session.

Daugaard compared the initiative to a filing cabinet.

“I’ve got a file drawer that is pretty full. One thing I’ve learned is when I put a new file in it, if I take an old file out, I never have to worry about getting another drawer,” he said. “Generally when I want to put a new one in, if I take a minute, look through, I can generally find a file that I don’t need in there anymore.

“Our statutes and regulations should be like that.”

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