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Urge Committees to Move Regulations bill

Date: April 01, 2014

Are you struggling to stay informed on the ever-changing regulations? Would you feel less burdened if you could anticipate when new regulations would go into effect? If you answered yes to either of these, you are not alone, but there is a solution that needs YOUR support TODAY! SB 449/HB 166 – would establish a quarterly implementation schedule for new non-emergency regulations.

The legislation was introduced by Delegates Sam Arora, Minority Leader Nic Kipke, and Senator Ron Young. The bill has over two dozen bipartisan co-sponsors.

Currently, new regulations go into effect year-round with an average of six regulatory changes made daily. According to the Maryland Register state agencies made 2,391 non-emergency regulatory changes in 2013, up from the 1,954 changes made in 2012.

On Monday, March 17 the Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed HB 166. The Senate approved SB 449 the week before. There is only a slight difference between the bills (HB 166 amendment: THE REGULATION IS ADOPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT UNDER TITLE 17 OF THE CODE OF MARYLAND REGULATIONS).  One of the bills will need to be approved by the opposite chamber by the time the legislature adjourns on April 7 in order for the measure to become law.

NFIB encourages businesses to urge the
Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee and the House Health and Government Operations Committee to move the bill and call a committee vote.  Draft language and call scrip is below.

Take Action Now!

  • To contact the Senate committee call (410) 841-3661 or click here to email.
  • To contact the House committee call (410) 841-3770 or click here to email.

Draft language: I’m a local business owner who is burdened by regulations. I support SB 449 and HB 166 and encourage you to move this legislation and call a committee vote.

 Thank you to all who take action on this important issue.

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