SENATE PASSES GORDNER BILL TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OVERSIGHT OF REGULATORY PROCESS

(HARRISBURG) – Legislation that provides more transparency of the regulatory process in Pennsylvania has been passed by the state Senate.  The Senate today unanimously approved Senate Bill 562, authored by Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

“Often times, our statutes are implemented by regulations formulated by the affected Department and approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC), and many times those regulations need further input to assure legislative intent,” said Senator Gordner.  “While there is currently a process for public and legislative committee input, I believe it can be improved.”

The legislation provides for specific time frames for legislative committees with state departmental oversight to review and comment on the proposed regulations once they are before the IRRC.

“The legislative process is open and is generally well understood by the public, while the regulatory process is not,” said Senator Gordner.  “We have an opportunity to provide for open and transparent rulemaking that affirms the intent of the General Assembly in its lawmaking.”

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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