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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 10, 2017 03:04 PM
From: Representative Greg Rothman
To: All House members
Subject: Economically Significant Regulation
Since the Great Recession, the Commonwealth has averaged an annual growth rate of approximately 1.5%. This trend was seen again with the increase in Pennsylvania's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) being an anemic 1.8% over the last fiscal year. The reason for this weak growth rate has been, in part due to the growing regulatory cost imposed by both state and federal government. The aggregate cost imposed by growing regulations, as demonstrated in a study by the Mercatus Center, was found to be a .8% reduction in economic growth.

In order to address the costs associated with new regulations on our economy, I plan to introduce legislation which amends the Regulatory Review Act by requiring any economically significant regulation to be approved by the General Assembly. This legislation is modeled after the Congressional Review Act of 1996 (CRA) which allows Congress to negate any regulation which has and economic impact of $100 million after 60 days review.

Under this legislation, any regulation which has a fiscal impact of $1 million on the economy must be approved my majority vote in both the Senate and the House. Should either the Senate or the House reject the regulation, the agency will be barred from implementing the regulation.

Please join me and co-sponsor this effort to reduce the impact of over-regulation on our economy.

Introduced as HB911