Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By State Senator Steve Dille
State Senator Steve Dille shares his views on government regulation
This campaign season, there is a lot of political rhetoric promoting freedom and liberty. This means repealing regulations (mandate relief) or stopping more regulations from being adopted.
Certainly government does adopt some inappropriate regulations that are not based on valid science, sound economics, and common sense which essentially restrict our freedom and have a negative cost-benefit effect. But let's also acknowledge that many regulations give us more freedom.
For example, regulations concerning food production, processing, transport, and sale at grocery stores and restaurants give us the freedom to eat our food and not get sick.
Regulations concerning transportation, including driver's training, licensing, road design, safety features in automobiles, traffic lights, and much more, give us the freedoms to travel safely from border to border.
Regulations on home and commercial building construction, including plumbing and electrical codes and inspections, give us the freedom to safety invest in new construction that will perform well and last a long time.
Regulations in the health-care industry and public health give us the freedom to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Thanks to government regulations we are now free of small pox and many other diseases in both man and farm animals.
For those of us in production agriculture, regulations give us the freedom to produce livestock and various crops and still protect our environment including our soil, water, and air resources.
For those who enjoy hunting, fishing, and trapping, regulations give us the freedom to enjoy these activities. If no regulations existed, there may not be any game left to hunt, fish, or trap.
My point is that regulations can both increase and decrease our freedoms. Let's set a goal for our regulations to be based on valid science, sound economics, and common sense so we increase the freedoms that allow us to live long, prosperous, happy, and healthy lives.
Constituents wishing to find out more information, or contact Senator Dille, at the capitol can do so by calling (651) 296-4131, by e-mailing him at
, or by sending mail to his senate office at 103 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155.