Sep. 24, 2019

HARRISBURG – The House took steps Tuesday to upgrade state government by making sure existing regulations are relevant in the modern age when it approved Rep. Kate Klunk’s (R-Hanover) House Bill 1055.

“There is no time like the present to reshape and modernize government, and my legislation will allow for the review of the more than 153,000 regulatory restrictions on the books in Pennsylvania,” Klunk said. “We have over a century of regulations cluttering our books. We desperately need an office to step in to help us identify the regulations that are no longer working for Pennsylvanians.”

Klunk’s legislation would create the Independent Office of the Repealer, which would be tasked with the systematic review of existing regulations to ensure they are still relevant. This would give the public, educators, business, government entities, non-profits, and others a chance to submit recommendations during the review process.

Included in the bill is a provision that the office would cease operations in June 2025 to ensure yet another government bureaucracy isn’t created. Another aspect of the bill is that for every new regulation enacted, two must be removed from the books.

“This standard has worked at the federal level helping to save billions of dollars,” added Klunk. “Imagine the potential positive impact to Pennsylvanians if a similar effort were implemented here in the Commonwealth. This bill coupled with the other regulatory reform bills passed by the House earlier this year will promote government efficiency and will help to propel Pennsylvania’s already thriving economy forward.”

House Bill 1055 is part of efforts to transform state government so that it works for all Pennsylvanians while lowering costs. This effort also goes together with bills the House passed earlier this year to reform and improve the state’s regulatory process.

“I have heard the stories of business owners, directors of non-profits, and local elected officials who have to navigate through Pennsylvania’s mountain of regulations. We must work to reduce the number of hoops they have to jump through. Those hoops hamper job and business growth and keep Pennsylvania from realizing its full economic potential.”

Representative Kate A. Klunk
169th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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