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          Date of Hearing:  April 22, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


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


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  >


          SUMMARY: This bill 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.










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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor and absorbable costs to the Office of Administrative Law.   
          OAL indicates that of the approximately 600 regulatory actions  
          they receive each year, fewer than 15 would likely be impacted  
          by this bill at the current economic impact threshold of $50  
          million.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose and Background. 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  
          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.





          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Swenson / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081













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