HARRISBURG – The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee approved three reform measures on today sponsored by York Co Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill that would overhaul the state’s regulatory process to cut through red tape and bureaucracy in state government. Senate Bill 251 would establish the Office of the Repealer tasked with performing an independent, regular and systematic review of existing statutes and regulations. Additionally, the bill would implement a one-in, two-out model for all new regulations. For every new regulation added, two must be repealed. S.B. 252 would require all state agencies that issue permits to increase transparency by requiring agencies to post information about the permits that they grant on their website. State agencies would also be required to create an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications and to clearly state the legal authority that the agency relies on when rejecting a permit application. S.B. 253 would require each state agency to designate an employee as the agency’s regulatory compliance officer. This officer would be tasked with being accessible to the regulated community and working with them to explain regulations and resolve noncompliance issues before imposing penalties. Phillips-Hill noted Governor Wolf has repealed various regulations to help get medical professionals on to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL