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  • REGULATORY OVERSIGHT ANALYSIS AND REFORM LEGISLATION

    Posted: April 1, 2011 | Posted by NLeonard | 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.



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