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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 17, 2017 01:08 PM
From: Senator John DiSanto
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislative Approval of Economically Significant Regulations
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to require the General Assembly and the Governor to approve all regulations with an economic impact or cost to the Commonwealth, to its political subdivisions, and to the private sector exceeding $1 million. This legislation is needed to strengthen political accountability for regulatory policy and protect our economy from undue burdens on business and job creation.

Currently, the regulatory review process requires the General Assembly to pass a concurrent resolution disapproving a regulation. However, the Governor must sign the disapproval resolution to bar his own agencies from enacting the regulation.

Reversing this process and requiring concurrent resolutions of approval will reinforce the constitution’s balance of powers. While the General Assembly delegates legal authority to executive agencies, it is essential that the General Assembly have the final say on legislative intent for economically significant regulations.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB561