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SB-997 Administrative regulations.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/13/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 997


Introduced by Senator Borgeas

February 13, 2020


An act to amend Section 11340 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 997, as introduced, Borgeas. Administrative regulations.
Existing law, for the purposes of reducing and improving administrative regulations establishes an Office of Administrative Law to review adopted regulations. Existing law states findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to administrative regulations, noting, among other things, that the language of many regulations is frequently unclear and unnecessarily complex.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these findings and declarations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 11340 of the Government Code is amended to read:

11340.
 The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
(a) There has been an unprecedented growth in the number of administrative regulations in recent years.
(b) The language of many regulations is frequently unclear and unnecessarily complex, even when the complicated and technical nature of the subject matter is taken into account. The language is often confusing to the persons who must comply with the regulations.
(c) Substantial time and public funds have been spent in adopting regulations, the necessity for which has not been established.
(d) The imposition of prescriptive standards upon private persons and entities through regulations where regulations, when the establishment of performance standards could reasonably be expected to produce the same result result, has placed an unnecessary burden on California citizens citizens, and discouraged innovation, research, and development of improved means of achieving desirable social goals.
(e) There exists no central office in state government with the power and duty to review regulations to ensure that they are written in a comprehensible manner, are authorized by statute, and are consistent with other law.
(f) Correcting the problems that have been caused by the unprecedented growth of regulations in California requires the direct involvement of the Legislature as well as that of and the executive branch of state government.
(g) The complexity and lack of clarity in many regulations put small businesses, which do not have the resources to hire experts to assist them, at a distinct disadvantage.