Executive Order 15-07 is part of Governor Raimondo's initiative to support Rhode Island's regulatory and business climate. EO 15-07 outlines the importance of up-to-date, transparent regulations that use rigorous analysis to balance health, safety, welfare, and the environment with the need to minimize regulatory burdens on Rhode Island businesses and individuals.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws the Office of Regulatory Reform is also responsible for reviewing new and amended regulations, with a focus towards minimizing adverse impact on small businesses.
The key data point of this aspect of ORR review is that of "small business impact". Agencies provide their opinion on whether a particular regulation adversely impacts small businesses, and ORR relies upon specific criteria as outlined in Rhode Island General Law to provide guidance. ORR collects small business impact information as part of its online regulatory submission system. Previously, impact statements were published as PDFs on ORR's website.