LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed executive orders Wednesday instituting a state hiring freeze and requiring that proposed state agency rules and regulations go to him for review.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed executive orders Wednesday instituting a state hiring freeze and requiring that proposed state agency rules and regulations go to him for review.


Hutchinson signed the orders a day after being sworn in as Arkansas’ 46th governor.


"A new day warrants a new perspective," he said in a statement. "The executive orders I signed today will help provide that new perspective, which is critically important as we find new ways to make state government work more efficiently for all Arkansans."


The order on hiring requires any agency that wishes to fill a vacant position to submit a request to the state Department of Finance and Administration for review by the governor. It prohibits the agency from filling the position unless the governor determines that doing so is "a legitimate business need."


The order states that "a moratorium on hiring is necessary to promote the fiscal efficiency and financial integrity of the state of Arkansas."


The other order Hutchinson signed Wednesday requires that "all state offices, departments and agencies, unless granted an exemption by the governor, shall submit all proposed new rules and regulations and amendments to existing rules and regulations to the governor for approval."


No proposed rule or regulation is to be submitted for legislative review or take effect if the governor determines that it "unnecessarily burdens businesses," the order states.


Hutchinson, a Republican, was elected in November to succeeded Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who was barred by term limits from seeking a third term.