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Wis. governor creates rules office

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has created a new office within his administration to approve state agencies' rules.

Walker issued an executive order Wednesday creating the Office of Regulatory Compliance. The office would accept agencies' rule scope statements and economic impact studies and inform agencies of whether their proposals have the green light.

Walker's order also details what information must be included in scope statements and economic impact studies.

The governor's spokesman says existing Walker employees will run the office and the governor won't hire anyone new to man it.

The Republican governor signed a bill earlier this year that gives him the power to approve or deny administrative rule proposals. Administrative rules enact state laws, but Republicans have complained agencies' rules often go beyond the scope of the statutes.

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