The state senate has approved a bill sponsored by State Senator James L. Seward, the bill was part of a bi-partisan senate package aimed at ridding New York State of unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.
The senate measures would:
• Establish a task force to conduct a complete review of the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) and regulatory review process;
• Eliminate 1,000 burdensome regulations on businesses;
• Give the senate’s Administrative Regulations and Review Commission more oversight authority in the rulemaking process to ensure state agencies do not overstep their authority in implementing rules and regulations;
• Stop unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts; and
• Require state agencies to provide more information on the costs and benefits of new rules.
Along with enacting the reform legislation, the senate will also conduct industry specific public hearings across the state. The hearings will provide the opportunity for business owners and local elected officials to “go on the record” with their chief complaints and specific solutions.