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(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John Burzichelli on Friday announced he’s introduced the first wave of legislation to implement recommendations from the Governor’s Red Tape Review Group that studied revising rules and regulations that impair New Jersey’s business climate.

Burzichelli served on the panel and is chairman of the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee that was created 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 bills would:

· Establish new procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act to allow substantial changes to agency rule-making upon adoption (A-2720).

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

· 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).

“Obviously these bills aren’t the most exciting legislation ever written, but within the dense language are key steps toward untangling rules and regulations that have been strangling our businesses,” Burzichelli said. “These reforms will go a long way toward less bureaucracy and more productivity for our businesses, boosting our economy and creating jobs.”

The Assembly has approved legislation (A-2464) sponsored by Burzichelli and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) 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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