Pennsylvania bill intended to assist small business

| 11/3/2006

The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a bill that is intended to aid small businesses in the commonwealth, including trucking operations.

The bill - HB236 - would require that prior to the adoption of any proposed regulation that could adversely affect small businesses, each state agency must notify the Independent Regulatory Review Commission of its intent to adopt the rule.

Senators voted 37-11 to send the bill to Gov. Ed Rendell's desk for his signature. House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bill during the 2005 session.

Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Wysox, said the bill would allow small businesses that have been adversely affected or aggrieved by any regulatory mandate to seek judicial review. The review period would extend for 18 months after the implementation of a specific regulation.

The protection would apply to businesses with up to 100 employees.

"It is important to give our small business owners a voice," Pickett said in a written statement. ". My legislation will make sure that state agencies consider the impact on our small businesses before imposing regulatory mandates."

If signed into law, the rule would take effect 60 days after it is signed by the governor.