HARRISBURG – Legislation requiring the PA General Assembly to approve all major regulations has been approved by the state Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee. Senate Bill 520 ensures no regulation or revision to general permits with economic impacts, or costs to government or the private sector, exceeding $1 million could be imposed without legislative approval. The change would protect businesses, non-profits, and individuals from costly, burdensome regulations. The existing regulatory review process only allows the General Assembly to pass a concurrent resolution disapproving a regulation. However, a governor must sign the disapproval resolution to bar an agency from enacting the regulation, a highly unlikely scenario, Bill sponsor, Dauphin & Perry County Sen. John DiSanto said the people expect their elected representatives, not unaccountable government agencies, to make laws. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

SEN. JOHN DISANTO