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Justice issues executive order continuing regulatory reform

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has issued an executive order as part of his efforts to enact regulatory reform. (WCHS/WVAH)

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has issued an executive order as part of his efforts to enact regulatory reform, a news release from his office says.

The executive order provides for an expedited process for all permits including permitting for all projects; prioritization of permits for projects of critical economic concern; requiring executive state agencies to file written reports to the permit applicant, executive director of the state development office and governor explaining inaction on completed permit applications for projects of critical economic concern; establishing an annual requirement from the development office to the governor and legislature explaining whether the program is operating successfully.

“West Virginia has consistently been ranked at or near the bottom amongst all states for our regulatory environment by publications such as Forbes and CNBC. This is an area where we need to improve,” Justice said in the release. “Like our President, Donald J. Trump, I have been very focused on regulatory reform and will aggressively continue those efforts in our state.”

Justice signed two executive orders earlier this year establishing regulatory moratorium and regulatory review. These actions, along with the passage of Senate Bills 350 and 522, address over-regulation in the state, the release says.

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