HARRISBURG –Rep. Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg) has remained steadfastly committed to reining in government and, specifically burdensome regulations. In keeping with the idea that unneeded regulations harm businesses and residents, and hinders economic growth, the House today approved her legislation to establish an enhanced review of proposed regulations that would have a great financial impact on businesses and taxpayers.
“The Wolf administration issued a reprieve from enforcing certain regulations during the pandemic, showing that the public can operate efficiently and without incident even without regulations,” Keefer said. “We must now seriously consider if some of these regulations are even necessary.”
Keefer’s House Bill 72
is based on the federal REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act) and is known as the Pennsylvania REINS Act. The legislation would reestablish checks and balances by implementing an enhanced review process for major regulations that impose a cost burden of $1 million or more per year on the state, municipalities and/or the business community.
A cost impact of proposed regulations would be verified as part of the review process. The General Assembly would have 30 calendar days, or 10 legislative days, whichever is longer, to vote on the proposal. If a vote is not taken in that time or the regulation is voted down in either chamber, it would not be implemented. Additionally, if the state Independent Regulatory Review Commission has approved a regulation, or an agency has decided to implement it without the commission’s support, a concurrent resolution approving the regulation must be passed by the House and Senate.
The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Dawn Keefer
92nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Greg Gross