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Thursday, February 18, 2016

 9:11 PM 

Rulemaking bill clears Assembly

An amended version of legislation that would add new requirements to the rulemaking process cleared the Assembly 60-33 alng party lines.

See the roll call here.

AB 251 would require legislative approval for any proposed rule that would carry $10 million or more in compliance costs to implement. GOP Rep. Adam Neylon’s legislation would add another public hearing on proposed rules that would occur earlier in the process than is now required.

Neylon, of Pewaukee, said he worked with multiple stakeholders from across the business spectrum to make the bill work. That's why the bill had nine amendments, he said.

"Regulatory reform is not a very glamorous subject," he said, "but it is an important one."

The bill also would give the Legislature, through the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, the power to request an independent economic analysis after viewing estimates from state agencies on the costs.

If an independent review found the costs would eclipse the $10 million threshold, the agency would have to ask JCRAR to introduce a bill authorizing promulgation of the proposed rule; to modify the proposal; or to withdraw the rule. 

Forty groups have lobbied on the bill since its introduction in June, according to the GAB's website. And Dems pointed out the legislation's opponents, including the National Federation of Independent Business.

"This bill will hurt public health and the environment," Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, said, "and dilute the voice o small business."

Several utility groups have raised concerns over how the bill would dovetail with federal requirements, and insurance companies are looking for an exemption for their industry.

One of Neylon’s amendments offers "narrow exemptions" from the legislation for the insurance industry. Another amendment clarifies how the process would work when Environmental Protection Agency regs and the state rulemaking process come together. Another amendment delays implementation of the bill until January 2017.


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