Gov. Bill Haslam moves slowly on rules

photo Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is pictured in this file photo. (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam says changes in Tennessee's regulatory culture, rather than an actual overhaul of state rules, are what's needed to address most business complaints about red tape in state government.

In a series of roundtables with business leaders last year, "most of the feedback we got on state regulations was more attitudinal in nature rather than actually regulatory driven," the Republican governor told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in a recent interview. "It's more about a customer service mentality rather than 'there's a lot of broken regulations.'"

Haslam also said he expects to delay revamping dozens of state regulatory boards and commissions.