Mercatus Center scholar set to release Regulatory Snapshot of Maine with MHPC


January 16, 2019
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PORTLAND – The Maine Heritage Policy Center is hosting two events on Thursday, Jan. 17 with Mr. James Broughel, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School. 

The first event is a policy luncheon at DiMillo’s On the Water from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Portland, ME. The second event is an evening reception in the Optimus Room at the Regatta Banquet and Conference Center in Eliot, ME from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Broughel is coming to Maine to unveil a new “regulatory snapshot” of all the bureaucratic red tape that exists in Augusta and discuss how lawmakers can reduce the weight of regulation on Maine people.

Scholars at the Mercatus Center have developed a unique tool known as State RegData, a platform for analyzing and quantifying state regulatory text. The tool compiles all language in state statute to identify which industries are most targeted by regulation and which government departments do the most regulating.

State RegData accomplishes this in mere minutes by connecting relevant keywords that can signify legal constraints and obligations such as “shall,” “must,” “may not,” “prohibited,” and “required.”

Broughel and his team at Mercatus have already conducted regulatory snapshots of 27 other states.

Broughel will be available to speak with media for one hour after each event. To see Broughel’s recent works, click here.