Jarrell Cook

Assembly Committee to hear bills to modernize California's regulatory & technology systems

By Jarrell Cook, Legislative Manager, Government Relations

Capitol Update, April 20, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA is supporting three modernizing measures set to be heard on April 25th at 9:30 am by the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Susan Talamantes-Eggman.

AB 2971 (Calderon-D, Whittier) would require state agencies to review their regulations and identify any that are duplicative, overlapping, inconsistent, or out-of-date, issue a report of those findings to the Legislature and Governor by January 1, 2021. A comprehensive review of California’s 67,000+ regulations has not been conducted since 1980, resulting in a host of regulatory requirements that have not kept up with the major changes in society since the regulations were adopted. Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) authored a similar measure last year and is a co-author on this bill. (Use our tool to send a tweet to your legislator asking him or her to support.)

AB 2671 (Fong-R, Bakersfield) is similar, but goes slightly further, requiring a similar top-to-bottom review, but also requiring agencies to also immediately revise or repeal the inconsistent, contradictory, duplicative, or outdated regulations. AB 2671 also contains a provision that would allow the Legislature the opportunity to review major regulations, those with an annual estimated economic impact of $50M or more, before they are enacted. This provision would allow for increased legislative oversight over agency rulemaking.

AB 2087 (Waldron-R, Escondido) would require state agencies and the Legislature to adopt goals to modernize that achieve one or more of the following goals: create flexible, family friendly workplaces, establish efficient and streamlined processes, cut costs, reduce emissions, enhance transparency, increase cybersecurity, and encourage the use of new and innovative technology by January 1, 2020.

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