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          Date of Hearing:  April 15, 2015


           ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTABILITY AND ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


                                  Rudy Salas, Chair


          AB 797  
          (Steinorth) - As Amended April 6, 2015


          SUBJECT:  Regulations:  effective dates and legislative review


          SUMMARY:  Requires a copy of each major regulation submitted to  
          the Secretary of State (SOS) by the Office of Administrative Law  
          (OAL) to also be submitted to the appropriate Legislative policy  
          committees responsible for the subject matter of the regulation  
          for review.


          EXISTING LAW:  Requires the OAL to file a regulation or an order  
          of repeal with the SOS as specified.  The Constitution of the  
          State of California grants the authority to the Legislature to  
          create, amend or repeal statute, as specified.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown


          COMMENTS:  The author argues that the bill improves transparency  
          of the rule making process and accountability to ensure that  
          major government regulations, those with a fiscal impact on  
          California's economy of $50 million or greater, face careful  
          scrutiny by elected officials.  In 2011 the Little Hoover  
          Commission issued a report, Better Regulation:  Improving  
          California's Rulemaking Process, and recommended major  








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          regulations be sent to the Legislature for review.


          Currently the OAL publishes all adopted regulations, including  
          major regulations, in the California Regulatory Notice Register.  
           Additionally, the Department of Finance posts a list of major  
          regulations on its website.


          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support


          American Chemistry Council


          Associated Builders and Contractors of California


          California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns


          California Business Properties Association


          California Business Roundtable


          California Chamber of Commerce


          California Hotel & Lodging Association


          California League of Food Processors








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          California Manufacturers & Technology Association


          Consumer Specialty Products Association


          Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation


          National Federation of Independent Business


          Southwest California Legislative Council


          USANA Health Sciences, Inc.


          Western Growers Association










          Opposition


          None on file












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          Analysis Prepared by:William Herms / A. & A.R. / (916) 319-3600