Chairman Gutwein kicks off new initiative to improve government efficiency

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:00 am

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 13, 2017) — State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) is teaming up with key statewide organizations to help identify burdensome or obsolete state reporting requirements for local governments.

Gutwein, chair of the House Select Committee on Government Reduction, in coordination with Accelerate Indiana’s Municipalities and the Association of Indiana Counties, is seeking input from local officials on ways to streamline or eliminate any state reporting or information requirements.

“As chairman, I’m committed to finding new ways to improve government services and reduce the regulatory burden imposed on local governments,” Gutwein said. “Local officials are in the ideal position to give feedback to lawmakers on state reporting and procedural requirements. While many of these processes improve accountability and transparency at the local level, other requirements could be in desperate need of revision or outright repeal.”

Using a web-based survey, local officials are asked to submit information on state reporting requirements and provide recommendations on whether they should be revised, simplified or eliminated.

“On behalf of all city and town elected officials, Aim applauds the dedication of Chairman Gutwein as he continues his efforts to reduce unnecessary reporting and statutory requirements, thus improving efficiencies for local government.  Hoosiers prosper when cities and towns are able to function effectively.  It’s a great day when lawmakers like Chairman Gutwein push for limiting bureaucracy and maximizing local resources,” said Aim CEO Matt Greller.    

Created in 2011 by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), the House Select Committee on Government Reduction has helped repeal nearly 2,000 lines of Indiana Code. It has also contributed toward the elimination of over 70 government boards and commissions, totaling more than 600 appointments. According to Gutwein, this easy-to-use survey is a part of the General Assembly’s continuing efforts to streamline government processes, while also reducing the regulatory burden on Hoosiers, local governments and businesses.

“County officials support Chairman Gutwein’s goals to review statutory and regulatory reports that may no longer be relevant. By seeking input directly form county officials, Chairman Gutwein is going directly to the officials who create many of the reports for state agencies. Reviewing these statutes and regulations continues the discussion on how local government can be more efficient,” said AIC Executive Director David Bottorff.    

Local officials can access the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/localgovreport and must submit their responses by Oct. 31. Gutwein said the data collected will be used to draft potential legislation for the 2018 legislative session.

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State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which includes all of
Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.

A high-resolution photo of Gutwein can be downloaded by clicking here.