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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 10, 2018 03:59 PM
From: Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill
To: All Senate members
Subject: Independent Office of the Repealer
Our Commonwealth has thousands of regulations on the books. Many of these acts and regulations were enacted several decades ago, and have yet to be re-examined and evaluated in the intervening years as to their relevance, appropriateness and cost. It’s not only taxes that place a burden on the Commonwealth, its businesses and its citizens, it’s also excessive regulation.

The Commonwealth does not undertake a regular and systematic independent review of existing 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.

Therefore, in the near future I will be re-introducing House Bill 209 of last session which 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. Additionally, this piece of legislation will also implement a one-in, two-out model for new regulations. For every new regulation added, two must be repealed. Additionally, the bill will include a sunset date of five years to ensure the Office of the Repealer is able to properly review all regulations and make necessary recommendations.

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of existing statutes and regulations to a) reduce or eliminate unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, onerous, outdated or conflicting statutes that hinder efficiency, understanding, liberty or are detrimental to economic well-being; b) bring statutes up to date to be in harmony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, 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.

Introduced as SB251