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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2018 12:48 PM
From: Senator John DiSanto and Sen. Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Red Tape Reduction Act
In the near future, we will introduce legislation from last session (SB 1102) 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The bill also implements a one-in, two-out model for new regulations—for every new regulation added, two must be repealed.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.

Our constituents frequently share with us 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.

Prior cosponsors of this legislation were Wagner, Reschenthaler, Martin, Eichelberger, Argall, Folmer, Dinniman, Aument, White, Hutchinson, Vulakovich, Mensch, Stefano, Regan, and Ward.

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

Introduced as SB119