HARRISBURG – Knowing not all regulations are relevant in today’s modern world, as highlighted with the reprieve of regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the House State Government Committee approved two regulatory review bills at its meeting today, Chairman Seth Grove (R-Dover) announced.
“As Pennsylvania’s small businesses rebuild following the Wolf administration’s business closures last year, it is imperative they aren’t hindered by unnecessary government regulations,” Grove said. “During the pandemic, businesses were granted amnesty from following certain regulations to ensure the quick and safe transport and distribution of needed supplies. If the governor could unilaterally not enforce these regulations and everything went well, surely we need to examination additional regulations to weed out those no longer applicable.”
The committee approved House Bill 939
by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) to create the independent Office of the Repealer. The office would be tasked with undertaking a regular and systematic independent review of existing regulations. To prevent the office from being a long-term layer of government, the bill dictates it cease operations in 2025.
The second piece of legislation approved by the committee was House Bill 950
by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) to create enhanced checks-and-balances in the regulatory process by giving the General Assembly authority to initiate the repeal of regulations in effect by concurrent resolution. Both the House and the Senate would need to approve the resolution, as well as the governor. Currently, the Legislature has the authority to block the implementation of a regulation before it takes effect. This legislation would extend the process to existing regulations.
Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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