Jarrell Cook

Bills to improve California’s regulatory climate introduced by Democrats and Republicans

By Jarrell Cook, Legislative Manager, Government Relations

Capitol Update, March 30, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Assembly Members Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) have introduced AB 2971, which will require California’s regulatory agencies to review their regulations and amend or repeal any that are duplicative, overlapping, inconsistent, or outmoded.  This ‘look back mechanism’ has been proposed by many good governance experts for years – in 2011, the Little Hoover Commission recommended such a policy in their report. ‘Better Regulation: Improving California's Rulemaking Process.’ (http://www.lhc.ca.gov/report/better-regulation-improving-californias-rulemaking-process)

Assembly Member Vince Fong (D-Bakersfield) has also introduced AB 2671, which would also implement the look back mechanism, with an additional provision that allowed the Legislature to review the few major regulations promulgated each year before they are enacted.  This final oversight would apply only to the most significant regulations – those with an annual cost of $50 million or more – and promotes accountability among agencies by ensuring that their rulemaking was consistent with the Legislature’s intent when it initially delegating its authority. This is similar to the regulatory process seen in other states, like Maine and Connecticut.

CMTA has supported previous attempts to implement this common-sense approach to improving California’s regulatory system and looks forward to working with lawmakers to help these bills advance.


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