ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATIC BILLS TO CUT RED TAPE IMPAIRING N.J. BUSINESSES NOW LAW; ADDITIONAL BILLS SET FOR THURSDAY & MONDAY ACTION

Burzichelli, Caputo, Quijano, Giblin, Albano, Milam, & Moriarty Laws Help Create Jobs & Economic Development.

(TRENTON) – Two bills Assembly Democrats sponsored to spark economic development by revising burdensome rules and regulations that impair New Jersey’s business climate are now law, with yet another set for a Thursday hearing and another up for a Monday Assembly vote.
The bills were spearheaded by Assemblyman John Burzichelli, chairman of the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee that was created to streamline burdensome business regulations.
“New Jerseyans have been waiting for too long for us to find ways to reduce the mountains of regulation affecting their daily lives, while still honoring our responsibility to protect the environment and citizens,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “We’ve already taken steps to ease burdensome regulations, and these new laws bring about even more reform for the betterment of our state.”
The laws:
· Establish new procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act to allow substantial changes to agency rule-making upon adoption (A-2720). It’s sponsored by Burzichelli, Ralph Caputo and Annette Quijano.
· Streamline the process by which the state issues economic development permits (A-2853). It’s sponsored by Burzichelli, Matthew W. Milam, Nelson T. Albano, Paul Moriarty and Thomas P. Giblin.
“These reforms will go a long way toward less bureaucracy and more productivity for our businesses, boosting our economy and creating jobs,” said Quijano (D-Union).
“Streamlining these regulations is a key step toward creating jobs and a better business environment for our state,” said Caputo (D-Essex).
“We should not be standing in the way of economic development and job creation,” said Milam (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “The last thing we should do to a business looking to expand is put roadblocks in front of it.”
“Promoting economic development and job creation is a top priority,” said Albano (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “Businesses have told us repeatedly that our system is a burden to achieving those goals, so change is needed and that’s just what this bill would accomplish.”
“A thriving business environment clear of unnecessary red tape is also good news for New Jersey’s working class residents,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). “Good jobs go hand-in-hand with a strong business environment.”
“Job-creating New Jersey businesses and our hard-working residents are the ones who will benefit most from this initiative,” said Giblin (D-Essex/Passaic). “This change will bring us a modern system that will help position our economy to thrive and compete in the years ahead.”
“Businesses devoted to economic development and creating jobs that benefit this state shouldn’t have to run through an obstacle course to get the permits they need,” Burzichelli said. “It makes no sense to obstruct economic development, so we need a streamlined system that makes creating jobs as easy as possible.”
The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, meanwhile, is scheduled on Thursday to consider an Assembly-approved bill to:
· Modify the process for contested case hearings by the Office of Administrative Law with regard to telephone and video conferences, delegation of final decision authority, oral decisions, checklist decisions, electronic filings and settlements. It’s sponsored by Burzichelli, Quijano and Caputo.
The Assembly on Monday is scheduled to vote on a bill (A-2486) sponsored by Burzichelli that would prohibit adoption of new rules exceeding federal standards unless specifically authorized by state law or necessary to protect public health, safety, or welfare.