- Associated Press - Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered a temporary halt to new state regulations.

The Republican governor campaigned against red tape in state government. He says burdensome regulations that lack a clear purpose make it more difficult to do business in Massachusetts.

Under the order issued by Baker on Thursday, no new state regulations would be implemented before March 31, giving his administration more time to review those already in place.

There would be a number of exceptions, however. The regulatory freeze would not apply to new laws taking effect on specified dates. Other exceptions could be made for rules vital to public health, safety or the environment.

Baker took office last Thursday.

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