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  • Archive for April 1st, 2011

    Apr 1

    REGULATORY OVERSIGHT ANALYSIS AND REFORM LEGISLATION

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Specific improvements we support include an enhanced role for the legislature in review and oversight of regulations, independent analysis of the economic impact of regulations and legislation, and an ongoing regulatory review process that will lead to the reform or elimination of ineffective and excessively burdensome regulations.  

    Here are some of the reforms we support:

    SB 353 (Blakeslee) SUPPORT (as proposed to be amended)

    We support SB 353 to require reliable economic analysis and cost-effectiveness for major regulations under meaningful oversight by the Office of Administrative Law and Department of Finance. Modeled on the approach used at the federal level, the additional rigor in this bill will ensure that agency decisions are justified and will serve the best interests of the state.   

    SB 396 (Huff) SUPPORT

    We support SB 396 to create an ongoing process to review old regulations and establish a process to keep regulations up to date, including analysis of costs, relevance, and need for updating to become more effective or less burdensome. 

    SB 400 (Dutton) SUPPORT

    We support SB 400 to add specific cost and job impacts analysis and an assessment of alternatives during the process of adopting, amending, or repealing a regulation.  We also agree that the Office of Administrative Law should have a more meaningful role to reject and require improvement for assessments that are not completed based on sound economic knowledge, methods and practices.

    SB 553 (Fuller) SUPPORT IF AMENDED

    We support this bill to extend the time before a regulation becomes effective from 30 days to 180 days , unless good cause is shown, to give the legislature time to review the regulation and take action, if necessary, prior to the regulation going into effect.   We recommend an amendment to limit the application of this extension only to regulations with a significant economic impact. 

    SB 401 (Fuller) SUPPORT

    We support this bill to include a regulation repeal date 5 years in the future, with the recent amendment that the agency can easily extend the regulation unless a public hearing is requested by an interested party.  It is reasonable to periodically examine how a regulation has been implemented for the previous five years, to hear public comment and bring to light problems that could be resolved by new regulations or legislation.  

    SB 560 (Wright) SUPPORT

    We support this bill to ensure that a regulation will not be enforced unless compliance is possible with commercially available technologies, and that a finding by an agency that there will be no-cost impacts is accompanied by a statement describing a compliance pathway with no costs.  Findings that support a path for compliance should be a part of the record of all rulemakings to minimize costs and protect businesses from penalties, lawsuits or other harm under circumstances over which they have no control. 

    SB 688 (Wright) SUPPORT

    We support this bill to delay the effective dates of major regulations and provide information to the fiscal committees of the legislature to allow sufficient time for legislative review and perhaps action related to the agency authority to enact the regulation.  This will enhance legislative oversight of agencies and their regulations.

    Apr 1

    REGULATORY OVERSIGHT ANALYSIS AND REFORM POLICY STATEMENT

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    As charter members of the regulatory reform coalition, known as ROAR (Regulatory Oversight, Analysis and Reform Coalition), we have spent a significant amount of time in Sacramento this past year advocating for Legislative and Executive Branch action on peeling back some of the state’s many complicated, redundant, and ultimately job-killing regulations. 

    We support “smart regulations” that are necessary, cost-effective, fairly enforced and regularly updated to reflect changing conditions and needs.  Currently California regulations are adopted, reviewed and approved under a system established in 1979 and only modestly changed thereafter. Since 1979, the legislature has granted massive new powers to government agencies and there has been exponential growth in regulations concerning every aspect of the economy, mostly outside the control or even awareness of elected officials. We should modernize the system to enable policymakers to take a more informed role in shaping regulations that now have a tremendous impact on the California economy.

    Apr 1

    BUDGET HERE! BUDGET THERE! BUDGET NOWHERE!

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Ever since Governor Brown was inaugurated, he has been working on eliminating the almost $30B deficit and adopting a budget that reflected cuts and an extension of some existing taxes that are set to expire mid-year. Well, the legislature passed the first part of the budget – reflecting over $13B in cuts – but all negotiations on the tax package came to a screaming halt earlier this week. The various sides are not even talking at this moment. There were miles between the Republican requests for some reforms and where the Democrats were standing. There was also public concern expressed by some legislators over the fact that the support for such a tax package by the voters was slipping. The Governor is now talking about an all cuts budget and no one is sure what that will mean for the state. Stand by as the Capitol looks more and more like the running of the bulls and for most there it remains to get out of the way!