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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 23, 2016 03:25 PM
From: Representative Kristin Hill
To: All House members
Subject: Establishing the Independent Office of the Repealer
 

Our Commonwealth has thousands of acts and regulations on the books. Many of these acts and regulations were passed several decades ago, and have yet to be re-examined and evaluated in the intervening years as to their relevance and appropriateness. The Commonwealth does not undertake a regular and systematic independent review of existing statutes and regulations, nor possess an organized system to receive recommendations from the public, educators, business, government entities and others on recommendations for repeal, modification or revision of existing statutes and regulations. This bill will establish the Independent Office of the Repealer to undertake such an ongoing review, receive and process recommendations, evaluate the merits of recommendations in accordance with decision rules and quantitative and qualitative criteria, and make recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor and Executive agencies for repeal, modification or revision.

Presently there is no legislative authority providing for an independent, regular and systematic review of existing statutes and regulations to a) reduce or eliminate unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, onerous, outdated or conflicting statutes that hinder efficiency, understanding, liberty or are detrimental to economic well-being; b) bring statutes up to date to be in harmony with modern conditions; c) foster a more business friendly climate; d) make laws easier to read and understand by a layman

Whereas proposed new regulations are already addressed by legislation and an executive order [Act of June 25, 1982 (P.L. 633, No.181) providing for oversight and review of proposed/new regulations by the IRRC; Executive Order 1996-1 on review and issuance of regulations in PA signed by Gov. Ridge; and the Regulatory Review Act of June 29, 2012, P.L. 657, No. 76 from HB 1349], this bill will begin to address the tremendous body of existing acts and regulations which have accumulated since the founding of our Commonwealth.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation to help foster effective, efficient and responsive government. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Curley in my district office at 8-2240 or via email at mcurley@pahousegop.com




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Introduced as HB2373