Using AI To Reduce Regulations

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AI To Reduce Regulations

The State of Ohio will use Artificial Intelligence to reduce regulations…can Alexa and other AI programs cut through red tape?

The state of Ohio is going high-tech to weed out what could be considered overly burdensome government rules. One state agency is using an artificial intelligence (AI) program to sift through hundreds of thousands of regulations.

The AI program will sort and analyze data collected from every page of Ohio’s laws and administrative code. Then, staff goes through to the data to determine redundancies and outdated rules.

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Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said his staff will use an AI software tool to analyze the state’s regulations and narrow them down. Currently, Ohio has around 240,000 regulations, according to a recent conservative think-tank. The technology is done through an outside company. The AI program will streamline a job that would take humans months or years to accomplish.

The Lt. Governor compared the tool to an advanced search engine. It works to automatically identify and group together like terms. It grows more sophisticated the more it’s used.

Overall, the goal for the tool includes streamlining state regulations. For example, it might eliminate permitting requirements deemed redundant.

“Ohio has been writing laws and regulations for over 200 years and nobody has really gone in and cleaned out all of the clutter,” Husted said.

The project is part of two projects led by the Lt. Governor — the Common Sense Initiative, a state project to review regulations with the goal of cutting government red tape, and InnovateOhio, an office that aims to use technology to improve Ohio’s government operations

State officials sought bids for projects last summer, authorized through the state budget. Starting soon, Husted’s staff will load the state’s laws and regulations into the software, with the goal of starting to come up with recommendations for proposed law and rule changes before the summer.

Husted’s office has authority to spend as much as $1.2 million on the project, although it could cost less and could end up saving money in the long run. Less red tape should mean less cost to Ohio businesses and taxpayers…which is always a good thing.

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