Executive Order

Executive Order No. 168: Requiring the cooperation of all state permitting agencies for collection of certain data

Date: 08/28/1979
Issuer: Edward J. King
Mass Register: No. 174

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WHEREAS, the Governor's Commission to Simplify Rules and Regulations is in need of information concerning permitting processes in the Commonwealth relating to economic development; and

WHEREAS, this order is intended to ensure the cooperation of all state permitting agencies and to aid said Commission;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward J. King, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the statutes of this Commonwealth, do hereby order and direct:

1. That each state agency required to renew, approve, or grant permits for economic development projects shall submit to the Commission on Rules and Regulations on or before September 15, 1979 a list of all types of reviews, approvals, and permits administered by this agency. Specific application forms, applicable agency regulations and/or rules, and the time period usually required for permit application consideration, based on experience and statutory or regulatory requirements, shall be included in the report of each agency.

2. That each permit-granting agency shall evaluate its rules and regulations, criteria and standards, and overall policies guiding the issuance of permits. By October 15, 1979 each agency shall forward to the Commission on Rules and Regulations a written narrative of this evaluation which should include identification, from the agency's perspective, of the problems (lack of jurisdiction, duplication of effort between agencies, etc.) it faces in administering its permitting process. The narrative should also focus on the specific criteria and standards used by the agency in the process and whether these are formal or informal, written or oral. Agency suggestions for improvement of the process (apart from budget and staff increases) should similarly be included.

3. Both of these reports are to be prepared under the direct guidance of agency directors and/or general counsels and submitted to the appropriate cabinet secretaries. Copies of these reports are to be forwarded to:

Governor's Commission to Simplify Rules and Regulations
Attention: Michael T. Daley
One Ashburton Place - Room 2101
Boston, MA 02108

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 28th day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine and of the Independence of the United States of America two hundred and four.

EDWARD J. KING
GOVERNOR
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

MICHAEL JOSEPH CONNOLLY
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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