Missouri Republican attorney general candidate Ed Martin is calling for the creation of a new task force dealing with government regulations.
Martin says the task force would focus on regulations for energy and the environment, health care and small businesses. It would be in the state attorney general's office. He says excessive government regulations hurt businesses and the economy.
On Thursday, Martin was traveling in southwestern Missouri to discuss his proposal during campaign stops in Branson, Neosho and Mount Vernon.
Martin served as chief of staff to Republican Gov. Matt Blunt and is competing in the Aug. 7 primary against Livingston County prosecutor Adam Warren. The winner challenges Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.