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PA REINS Act Approved by House
As part of ongoing efforts to reduce burdensome state regulations, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved my legislation to allow businesses to thrive, stimulate economic growth and decrease unnecessary government oversight.
Based on the federal REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act), House Bill 1237, known as the Pennsylvania REINS Act, would establish an enhanced review process for major regulations.
For far too long Pennsylvania businesses have suffered under the regulations unnecessarily placed upon them. In most cases your elected representatives and senators did not have the opportunity to review or analyze these regulations before they were put into place. My bill would decrease unnecessary government oversight and create a freer market in which businesses can once again thrive and become job-creating engines like they once were. It’s a shield to protect Pennsylvania jobs and workers.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. To read more about the bill, click here.
To view the House floor debate of the bill, click here.
Cutting Through the Red Tape
To help enhance Pennsylvania’s economy by helping job creators, the House passed a multi-bill package, including my REINS Act legislation, to cut government red tape and reduce burdensome regulations while still maintaining the integrity of health and safety regulations.
Among the bills are those that would review statutes and regulations for possible revision or repeal; grant the General Assembly the authority to repeal any regulation in effect without the governor’s consent; reform the permit process; and require each state agency to designate a regulatory compliance officer.
Pennsylvania currently has more than 153,000 regulatory restrictions that stretch across every industry operating within the Commonwealth. These restrictions create hurdles that businesses of all shapes and sizes must jump over in order to create jobs in Pennsylvania.
The World Bank and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University estimate that over-regulation has a negative effect on economic growth, ranging between 0.8 percent and 2.3 percent.
The bills would not require the repeal of any regulations vital to the health and safety of the Commonwealth’s citizens.
The package now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
Meeting with Red Land Students
It was my pleasure to meet with students in the government class at Red Land High School on Wednesday in Harrisburg. The students posed many questions about state government and were keen to learn more about the state’s system of government. I applaud these future leaders in taking an interest in government. Keep learning!
Bills on the Move: Career, Technical Education Package Passes House
To help job creators fill in-demand jobs now and in the future, the House overwhelmingly approved a nine-bill bipartisan package to improve career and technical education opportunities and enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.
The package includes measures to promote public-private partnerships; remove barriers for qualified career and technical educators; expand awareness of training opportunities and future earning potential; increase flexibility for innovative secondary career and technical programs; enhance and promote articulation agreements; develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center; coordinate state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities; improve local and occupational advisory committees; and add K-12 teachers to the membership of the Workforce Development Board.
The bills – which are designed highlight the benefits of this educational option for students looking to enter the workforce -- now move to the state Senate for consideration.
More information is available here.
Upcoming Bike Derby to Encourage Safe Cycling
Later this month, I will team up with the American Trauma Society, PA Division, to help children learn about bicycle safety during the popular Dillsburg PickleFest on Mother’s Day weekend. The bike derby will be held in the parking lot of JPI Insurance Associates, located at 300 N. Baltimore St., on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. The parking lot is located just off Greenbriar Lane, where PickleFest will be held.
In 2015, there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries in the United States. Children (those aged 5-14) and adolescents (15-19 years of age) accounted for one-third of the injured riders, the highest of all age groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ensuring a child has a helmet that fits properly is one of the easiest ways to reduce to the risk of brain and head injuries, as well as fatalities. Children who attend will have the opportunity to ride through a bicycle safety course, receive information on bike safety laws and have their helmets fitted properly. All children must bring his or her own bike, helmet and proper shoes, such as sneakers.
For more information, call my office at (717) 432-0792.