For Immediate Release
May 1, 2018
HARRISBURG - PA Chamber President Gene Barr issued the following statement today following the state House’s passage of three bills that aim to improve Pennsylvania’s regulatory climate:
“Our state has tremendous economic potential, given our proximity to key markets, abundant energy resources and a skilled workforce. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s regulatory and permitting structures are both cumbersome and unpredictable. With the state’s unemployment rate above the national average, lawmakers must enact pro-growth policies to improve our competitiveness. That is why the PA Chamber is greatly encouraged to see the key regulatory reforms envisioned in House Bills 209, 1792 and 1959 move forward today.”
“Fundamental and thoughtful change to the state’s regulatory development and permitting process is necessary to ensure that Pennsylvania’s government is operating with respect to the constitutional separation of powers, and that further clarity and predictability is provided to the regulated community as they work to complete projects in communities across the Commonwealth and grow our economy. We now urge the Senate to pass these bills, which will help to establish a better functioning, more transparent regulatory and permitting environment that will encourage investment and job creation.”
A brief description of each of these regulatory reforms is as follows:
House Bill 209 -- establishes an independent Office of the Repealer to conduct periodic reviews of the state’s regulations and recommend efficiencies and repeals.
House Bill 1792 -- amends the Regulatory Review Act such that the legislative branch, through its respective standing committees, ensures that the various executive agencies developing and finalizing regulatory rulemakings have appropriately considered public comment, adequately demonstrated statutory authority, accurately balanced costs and benefits, and faithfully exercised the delegation of powers by the legislative branch by conforming to legislative intent and statutory language.
House Bill 1959 -- provides transparency throughout the permitting process and affords state agencies the ability to contract with third parties to assist in clearing permit backlogs.
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