(TRENTON) — Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli to begin cutting back on burdensome rules and regulation and improve New Jersey’s business climate was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
“This is the first of what will be many steps to make order out of the chaos that is New Jersey’s bureaucratic nightmare of rules and regulations,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “Our tangled web of regulations may mean well, but they’ve largely done nothing more than stunt economic growth and hurt our business environment. We’re now on the road toward changing that.”
The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee chaired by Burzichelli released legislation (A-2464) that would:
- Require all state agency rules to be published in the New Jersey Register; and
- Ban state agencies from using regulatory guidance documents, unless authorized to do so by state law.
The committee also heard testimony on the feasibility of prohibiting a state agency from adopting any rule that would exceed federal standards or requirements, unless authorized to do so by state law.
“We’re looking to provide clarity to our businesses and shine the light of day on regulations that too often have been adopted without proper public input and oversight,” Burzichelli said. “This is progress we need to make.”
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