Madison (April 16, 2014) – Senate Bill 497, signed into law today by Governor Scott Walker, will eliminate confusing and sometimes contradictory guidelines used by agencies in the enforcement of a rule or assessment of a penalty for minor violations by a small business.
“Previously, agencies had discretion to reduce fines or come up with an alternative enforcement mechanism,” said Bill G. Smith, NFIB Wisconsin State Director, “The problem is that there was no consistency among the agencies, and that created confusion for small businesses that often must deal with multiple departments and agencies.”
The new law, which was approved by the Legislature with bipartisan support, clarifies when agencies may or may not use discretion when assessing penalties for minor violations.
“This new law is a very important reform of the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Act,” said Smith, “we are pleased it passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, and we are especially pleased Governor Walker has made regulatory reform a top priority of his administration. This new law will create a more predictable regulatory environment favorable for creation and small business growth – important objectives for moving our state forward.”
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