Have an idea on how to cut North Dakota's red tape? There's more time to submit it

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is calling on the public to identify needless regulations that could be struck from the state’s law books. Ideas can be submitted through the governor’s website.

An illustration shows the North Dakota Capitol covered in red tape.
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BISMARCK — Due to demand, the input period for North Dakotans to submit ideas on how to slash red tape in state government has been extended through Monday, Oct. 10, Gov. Doug Burgum's office announced Tuesday.

Burgum issued an executive order in August forming the "Red Tape Reduction Working Group,” which is made up of officials from 35 state agencies.

As part of the initiative, the Republican governor called on members of the public to identify needless regulations that could be struck from the state’s law books.

During the initial public input period, which closed Sept. 5, about 30 people responded with ideas that ranged from cutting property taxes to simplifying access to death records .

The input period was extended because of responses from the public and state boards and commissions, the governor's office said Tuesday. Ideas can be submitted through the governor’s website,


Burgum’s initiative is also aimed at allowing state employees to bring forward regulation-reducing proposals.

Once submissions come in from state agencies, the working group will look over all of the recommendations and prepare a comprehensive "Red Tape Reduction Act" for the Legislature's consideration next year, the governor's office said.

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