- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he wants to eliminate or revise some of the state’s 4,500 regulations governing private businesses.

Bevin announced his Red Tape Reduction Initiative on Wednesday. He has ordered cabinet secretaries and state employees to review the state’s business regulations. And he has set up a website, RedTapeReduction.com , to solicit recommendations from businesses and the general public.

The review is modeled after a similar review performed in the Canadian province of British Columbia. A study by George Mason University said the reform resulted in 37 percent of regulations being eliminated.

Bevin’s office says it will partner with George Mason University to analyze Kentucky’s regulations to determine which industries are the most affected.

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This story has been updated to delete erroneous information provided by the governor’s office on the percentage of state regulations that have never been reviewed.

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