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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 25, 2018 09:14 AM
From: Senator Scott Wagner and Sen. John DiSanto, Sen. Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Red Tape Reduction Act
In the near future, we will introduce a bill to count, cap and cut the number of regulations in Pennsylvania.

Currently, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) and the Legislative Reference Bureau do not keep track of how many regulations exist in the Commonwealth. A Mercatus Center investigation that searched for words like “shall” and “must” revealed 153,000 potential regulations already on the books.

Our legislation orders a six-month review of the Pennsylvania Code to learn just how many mandates we actually have. The final list will be consolidated and publicized on IRRC’s website.

The bill also implements a one-in, two-out model for new regulations—for every new regulation added, two must be repealed. After six years the bill sunsets one-in, two-out and moves to a one-in, one-out system. This is a fairly common practice for governments looking to rein in regulation. At the federal level there is a standing executive order requiring one-in, two-out for federal regulations, and British Columbia, Canada and the United Kingdom have all successfully done similar reform efforts in the last ten years.

When we speak with our constituents, one of the issues we hear most frequently is how state regulations are stifling their businesses. It is time to review the thousands of regulations we have on the books, many of which only hinder growth in Pennsylvania and stop individuals from reaching their full potential.

Please join us in sponsoring this reform to minimize excessive regulations burdening the people of Pennsylvanians.

Introduced as SB1102