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PA Lawmakers Propose State Regulatory Relief Package

January 17, 2018

Earlier this week, a group of state House Republican lawmakers announced a five-bill package aimed at reducing regulatory restrictions placed on all industries operating in Pennsylvania.

Lawmakers said they hope to spur economic growth and job creation through reforming and streamlining the regulatory process and reviewing outdated regulations.

The following legislation is included in the package:

  • House Bill 1792 (Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R–Centre/Mifflin) allows the General Assembly to repeal current regulations through a concurrent resolution
  • House Bill 209 (Rep. Kristin Hill, R–York) establishes the Independent Office of the Repealer to systematically review existing regulations and create a process for sunsetting regulations when new ones are proposed
  • House Bill 1237 (Rep. Dawn Keefer, R–York/Cumberland) requires approval from the General Assembly for an “economically significant” regulation
  • House Bill 1959 (Rep. Greg Rothman, R–Cumberland) creates a permitting transparency process for agencies who permit entities in the commonwealth
  • House Bill 1960 (Rep. Brian Ellis, R–Butler) requires each agency to have a regulatory compliance officer dedicated to providing advisory opinions and being responsive to industries regulated under the agency regarding regulations and process

The package is the result of the House State Government Committee’s Regulatory Overreach Report, which was developed through a series of hearings held by the committee and the House Republican Policy Committee.

The legislation now is in the House State Government Committee.

HAP will monitor the progress of this legislative package and report updates to members as they arise. For more information or questions about the package, please contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.

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