For the second time in as many sessions Gov. Ed Rendell has
vetoed a bill intended to aid small businesses in Pennsylvania, including
The bill - HB236 - would have required that prior to the
adoption of any proposed regulation that could adversely affect small
businesses, each state agency notify the Independent Regulatory Review
Commission of its intent to adopt the rule.
Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Wysox, said the bill would have allowed
small businesses that were adversely affected or aggrieved by any regulatory
mandate to seek judicial review. The review period would have extended for 18
months after the implementation of the specific regulation.
The protection would have applied to businesses with up to
100 full-time employees or gross annual sales of less than $6 million.
"There is something wrong in the administration when
legislation passes both the House and Senate overwhelming and it is not
supported by the governor," Pickett said in a written statement. "Small
businesses are the lifeblood of our state's economy, and I am very disappointed
that the governor has once again chosen to derail economic development by
vetoing this important legislation.
Rendell said in his veto message that the legislation would have
increased the cost of operating the government unnecessarily. He said estimates
from the state suggest that the cost of processing the more than 200
regulations that are proposed or revised annually could have increased by as
much as $1 million as a result of the bill.
"The bill purports to protect small businesses, but, in
fact, it will place new burdens on our agencies and commissions and, thus, will
drive up the cost of their regulatory duties as well as further drag out an
already long process unnecessarily," Rendell wrote.
The governor also said there are enough protections for
businesses in current laws. This latest effort would only create another layer
of red tape, he said.
Pickett said she isn't giving up. She intends to reintroduce
the measure when the new legislative session begins in January.