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(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats John Burzichelli, Annette Quijano, Ralph Caputo and Linda Greenstein sponsored to revise rules and regulations to improve New Jersey’s business climate was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

Burzichelli served on the governor’s red tape review panel and is chairman of the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee that released the bills and was created by Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) to help implement legislation 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). “The Assembly has already taken steps to ease burdensome regulations, and these bills will help us get even more reform accomplished for the betterment of our state.”

The four bills would:

· Establish new procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act to allow substantial changes to agency rule-making upon adoption (A-2720 sponsored by Burzichelli, Quijano, Caputo and Greenstein).

· Amend current law concerning state agency rule-making by changing the chapter expiration dates of rules from five years to 10 years and establishing a new procedure for the re-adoption of rules without substantive changes (A-2721 sponsored by Burzichelli, Quijano, Caputo and Greenstein).

· 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. (A-2722 sponsored by Burzichelli, Quijano and Caputo).

· Establish a new procedure for resolving conflicts or inconsistencies in adopted rules and regulations. (A-2922 sponsored by Burzichelli).

“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).

“A better business climate means better jobs for working New Jersey families, which is especially important is this difficult economy,” said Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer).

The Assembly has already approved legislation (A-2464) sponsored by Burzichelli and Quijano to require all state agency rules to be published in the New Jersey Register. Burzichelli’s committee has also released legislation (A-2486) to prohibit state agencies and departments from adopting new rules and regulations that exceed federal standards, unless authorized by state law.

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