May. 24, 2021
HARRISBURG – The House today moved forward with reviewing the merits of regulations when it approved House Bill 939, it’s prime sponsor, Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), announced.
“At the start of the pandemic, the Wolf administration suspended numerous regulations to improve the flow of goods to residents,” Klunk said. “This clearly shows businesses and residents can act safely and responsibly without some of the more than 153,000 regulations currently on the books. If we can do without certain regulations during the time of a crisis, surely we can do it during more normal times.”
Currently, there is no legislative authority providing for an independent, regular and systematic review of existing statutes and regulations. Klunk’s House Bill 939
provides for an effective process to review obsolete regulations on the books.
Specifically, Klunk’s legislation would create the Independent Office of the Repealer, which would be tasked with the systematic evaluation of existing regulations, some of which have been on the books for decades, to ensure they are still relevant. This would give public educators, business, government entities and others a chance to submit recommendations during the review process.
“House Republicans have been working hard to identify and clean up outdated laws that no longer serve a purpose,” Klunk said. “This is an extension of that process. We must work to ensure our code books are easier to navigate, and growth is not hindered by antiquated regulations. This bill will help to do that.”
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Kate A. Klunk
169th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Greg Gross