(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver on Thursday announced she has appointed Assemblyman John Burzichelli to the Governor’s Red Tape Review Group that will review state regulations and make recommended changes.

The appointment comes after Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem) was also appointed by Oliver last month to lead the newly created Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee, which will also review state regulations burdensome to businesses and has authority to legislatively approve changes and send them to the Governor for final approval.

“Assemblyman Burzichelli is the natural choice for this appointment because the review group’s work will very much mirror what we plan to do with our new Assembly panel,” said Oliver (D-Essex). “With Assemblyman Burzichelli involved in both efforts, we will have a direct line between the Governor’s office and the Legislature, which can only help as we move forward together to tackle burdensome regulations in a bipartisan manner.”

The group will review pending and proposed rules and regulations and executive orders from previous administrations to assess their effects on New Jersey’s economy. It’s main goal is to determine whether the rules, regulations and orders have impaired New Jersey’s economy.

The panel will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. It must submit a report within 90 days.

“I look forward to working with Lt. Gov. Guadagno and expect our new Assembly committee will be in position to take up the review group’s recommendations,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “The work of this panel and the work of our new committee will dovetail nicely and ensure progress is truly made to clear up bureaucratic entanglements that aren’t serving our businesses and workers.”

Oliver announced the new Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee when she was sworn-in as Assembly Speaker on Jan. 12.

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee plans its first meeting on Monday at 2 p.m. in Room 13 in the State House Annex. It plans to hear testimony from invited speakers on the regulatory process in New Jersey and problems that it has presented for businesses in the state.

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