Thursday, April 15, 2021

House Committee Meets April 20 On Bill Setting Up Office Of The Repealer To Recommend Repeal Of Existing Regulations ‘Defying A Common Sense Approach To Government’

The House State Government Committee is scheduled to meet on April 20 on legislation to set up the Office of the Repealer to recommend repeal of regulations that defy a common sense approach to government and another bill to repeal existing regulations by resolution rather than law.

The bills include--

-- Office of the Repealer of Regulations That Defying A Common Sense: House Bill 939 (Klunk-R-York) creating a new bureaucracy-- the Independent Office of the Repealer-- to review existing regulations from all state agencies and make recommendations to the General Assembly and Governor for the repeal or revision.  The only criteria offered in the bill for this review are--

-- Unreasonable, unduly burdensome, detrimental to economic well-being, duplicative, onerous, defective or in conflict with another statute or regulation; and

--  “Defying a common sense approach to government.”

The evaluation is not required to calculate the economic, environmental or public health benefits derived from a regulation, whether the regulation is required by state or federal law or other criteria.

This bill turns a political talking point into a new bureaucratic program.

-- Repeal Existing Regulation By Resolution Not Law: House Bill 950 (Metcalfe-R-Butler) would authorize the General Assembly to repeal any existing regulation using a concurrent resolution passed by both the Senate and House and presented to the Governor for his action.  If a regulation is repealed, an agency may not propose a new or revised regulation unless specifically authorized by law.

This bill creates a shortcut in the legislative process never used before to repeal an existing requirement in the Pennsylvania Code that can protect public health and the environment (in the case of DEP) and have the force of law.

A resolution is passed by only one vote in each of the Senate and House.  A change in law-- requiring three votes in each chamber-- is now required to repeal or replace a regulation.

The meeting will be held in Room B-31 of the Main Capitol starting at 8:00 a.m.  Click Here to watch live. 

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) serves as Majority Chair of the House State Government Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-783-2655 or sending email to:    Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-783-4907 or sending email to:  

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[Posted: April 15, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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