Jarrell Cook

Bill would rollback regulatory transparency and oversight for Cal/OSHA

By Jarrell Cook, Legislative Manager, Government Relations

Capitol Update, April 21, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 772 by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) is scheduled for hearing by the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee at 9:30 am on April 26. The bill would exempt the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH, otherwise known as Cal/OSHA) from performing the Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment on regulations with an expected estimated impact of $50 million or more as required by law.

SB 772 is a regressive bill that winds back the clock on improvements to California’s regulatory system. Reducing transparency and oversight on regulatory bodies cuts directly against the most recent recommendations to improve California’s regulatory analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). The LAO recommended more robust oversight and guidance, not less. Senator Leyva’s bill takes the perplexing stance that Cal/OSHA would regulate better with less information, less transparency, and less oversight.

The bill purports that it is necessary to upend the regulatory framework established with bipartisan support in 2011 by SB 617 so that Cal/OSHA can more easily implement an indoor heat safety standard. CMTA does not believe that the thoughtful good governance measures the state has adopted should be hastily modified for one rule by one agency. Permitting Cal/OSHA an exemption for this rule now would continue in perpetuity, allowing the division to pass rules without SB 617’s requirement that it consider the impact of its rules on the whole economy or consider less burdensome alternatives.

We encourage manufacturers and all businesses affected by Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking to make clear that this subversion of transparency and good governance should not move forward. Please contact Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director for Governmental Relations, at jcook@cmta.net or by phone 916-498-3356 for more information on how you can engage on this issue.

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