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For Immediate Release
April 30, 2019

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PA Chamber Applauds House’s Passage of Regulatory Reform Legislation

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry – the state’s largest broad based business advocacy association – today hailed the House’s passage of a regulatory reform package that aims to streamline and make Pennsylvania’s permitting process and regulatory environment more efficient.


“We have often heard from our members that the state’s overly burdensome regulatory environment creates a barrier to growth,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr.  “This reform package would make thoughtful and fundamental changes to how the Commonwealth approaches regulatory development and the permitting process, which will bring much needed clarity and predictability to job creators.”


The reform package includes:


H.B. 430, sponsored by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, would reform the regulatory development process.

H.B. 509, sponsored by Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland, relates to a third party review of permits.

H.B. 762, sponsored by Rep. Timothy O’Neal, R-Washington, would provide for assistance with regulatory compliance.

H.B. 806, sponsored by Rep. Dawn Keefer, R-York, would provide for a review of economically significant regulation.


“Additionally, this legislative package will help bring transparency and accountability to regulatory agencies – which in turn will aid in a more timely review of permits and a help to establish a more efficient process for the removal of outdated and overly burdensome regulations,” Barr added.  “We are disappointed, however, that H.B. 1055, providing for regulatory repeal, failed on the floor during the third consideration vote.  We are hopeful that companion legislation will pass the Senate and will ultimately pass the House later this session.” 


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.