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Shortly after being sworn in as governor, Eric Greitens signs an executive order banning executive branch employees from accepting lobbyists’ gifts.
Shortly after being sworn in as governor, Eric Greitens signs an executive order banning executive branch employees from accepting lobbyists’ gifts.

Greitens takes swift first actions after inauguration

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Eric Greitens is wasting no time with his first actions as Missouri governor.

After being sworn in Jan. 9, the Republican quickly conducted his first act of business by signing an executive order banning state executive branch employees from accepting gifts from lobbyists. Among other accountability rules, the order also prohibits employees of the executive branch from serving as lobbyists while Greitens is governor if they cease employment with his office, according to a news release.

Yesterday, Greitens signed another executive order designed to make good on a campaign promise to create more jobs with higher pay in Missouri.

The order puts a freeze through Feb. 28 on new regulations and requires a review of all regulations currently on the books, according to a separate news release.

"Burdensome regulations hurt businesses and they hurt working families across the state of Missouri,” Greitens said in the release. “We came here to cut government and help people."

In a video posted to Facebook, Greitens is shown signing the order surrounded by tens of thousands of pages of Missouri regulations published since 2000.

Under the regulation freeze, all state agencies must suspend any rulemaking procedures unless they are time sensitive and affect the health, safety or welfare of Missourians, according to the release.

The review portion of the order requires all state agencies to accept written public comments for at least 60 days and hold at least two public hearings on regulations that may impede business activities. The agencies are required to submit reports to the governor’s office by May 31, 2018. By June 30, 2018, state agencies are required to repeal or cease rulemaking on regulations that are found to harm businesses.

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