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Reform Could Help Spur Job Growth

The New York State Senate approved a regulatory reform package of bills, cutting the red tape that hurts small businesses and strangles economic growth.

Reform Could Help Spur Job Growth

May 14, 2014

SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- The New York State Senate is hard at work. They passed another bill that would cut some red tape that would hurt small businesses and strangle economic growth.
      Three bills address one of the more frequently cited roadblocks to job creation of costly and unnecessary state rules and regulations.
     They reform or eliminate arbitrary, duplicative or out-of-date requirements. The goal is to create a more business friendly environment.
     Last year, the New York State Senate Majority Coalition held industry-specific public hearings across the state to listen to businesses and local officials and learn which rules, regulations, and mandates are the most useless, most costly, and should be eliminated.
     The measures include:
- Bill S5657B sponsored by Senators Gallivan, Marchione, and Carlucci –
establishes a task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the State
Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA). The task force would examine and make
recommendations concerning the state’s rulemaking process and whether SAPA
ensures the establishment of consistent, uniform rules or whether the
process results in rules and regulations that are overly and unnecessarily
burdensome and costly.
- Bill S1784 sponsored by Senator Carlucci - reforms SAPA to allow
regulated businesses to petition a state agency for approval to use an
alternative method to comply with a rule instead of the standards
prescribed in the rule. Under current law, only groups of local governments
can petition a state agency to use an alternative method to implement a
rule.
- Bill S2158 sponsored by Senator Valesky – strengthens SAPA to require
consideration of potential  adverse impacts on existing and future jobs and
employment opportunities in the rulemaking process for state agencies.