Department of Higher Education hosting two public hearings on administrative rules

  

State departments working to update and streamline rules to improve efficiency

Missourians will have an opportunity to comment on Department of Higher Education administrative rules at two public hearings Sept. 13-14 in Jefferson City.

The department’s administrative rules establish regulations for a number of responsibilities including administering state student financial aid, establishing student residency requirements, and approving degree programs at the state’s public colleges and universities.

The goal of the review is to update rules in the Missouri Code of State Regulations to improve state government efficiency.

“We look forward to hearing Missourians’ perspective on our rules,” said Zora Mulligan, Missouri commissioner of higher education. “Public input is an important part of our efforts to streamline department regulations and serve Missourians better.”

The public hearings will be held:
· 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Harry S Truman State Office Building, Room 493/494, Jefferson City
· 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 14, Room 139, James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, Jefferson City

During the hearings, the public can provide verbal or written comments. A computer will be available to submit comments electronically. A paper form also will be available.

The public also can comment at dhe.mo.gov/about/legislative/rulereview.php. The deadline for submitting comments is Nov. 30.

The rule review is part of Gov. Eric Greitens’ work to reduce government regulations. Earlier this year, the governor issued an executive order calling on all state departments to review their administrative rules and identify those that can be eliminated or streamlined.

“Regulations that are ineffective, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome must be repealed,” Greitens stated in the executive order. “Regulations should not reduce jobs, stifle entrepreneurship, limit innovation, or impose costs far in excess of their benefits.”