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Regulatory Changes Get Governor’s Signature

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2011 8:25am

Among the three-dozen bills signed Thursday by California Governor Jerry Brown is a measure that tweaks the state’s regulatory system.

The law stems from a deal between Democratic legislative leaders and business groups like the California Chamber of Commerce. It will require state agencies to review major regulations more thoroughly … conduct rigorous economic impact assessments … and increase the transparency of the regulatory process.

Republican Senator Bob Huff says it’s a good first step-– but not enough.

“Anything that does a closer look at the regulations we’re putting in, like economic impact, is good,” said Huff. “I would like to see Governor Brown go a little further than he does on Regulation Reform. I believe that’s a huge deal to the uncertainty that we create in our business climate.”

Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says the measure will “dispel the naysayers’ drum beat that California is unfriendly to business.”

The changes won’t take effect until late 2013.

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