FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/30/2017
ROBERTS FILES LEGISLATION TO REIN IN STATE AGENCY REGULATIONS
AUSTIN – State Representative Kevin Roberts has filed House Bill 1290. Under the proposed legislation, agencies would have to take one rule off the books for every rule that they add. This bill does not apply to rule making authority granted directly by the legislature or any rule that is necessary to ensure the safety of Texans through the Health and Human Safety Code.
“In Texas, we take great pride in having one of the most business friendly environments in the country,” said Representative Kevin Roberts. “By implementing House Bill 1290, Texas will be ensuring that we remain one of the top states to do business for generations to come."
A 2014 report by the National Association of Manufacturers found that compliance with regulations cost the U.S. economy $2 trillion a year and that compliance costs fall disproportionately on small businesses.
"The concept behind Representative Roberts' House Bill 1290 is that too many government regulations currently exist. This is right on! Now is the time to take as many regulations off the books as agencies add on," said Senator Paul Bettencourt (Houston).
In the National Federation of Independent Business' 2016 Problems and Priorities report, Texas small business owners identified “uncertainty over government actions” and “unreasonable government regulations” as two of their top five biggest concerns.
“NFIB/Texas is proud to stand behind Representative Kevin Roberts in his filing of HB 1290, requiring the repeal of a state agency rule before the adoption of a new rule. Government regulation and red tape is a perennial issue for the state’s job creators.” said Annie Spilman, NFIB/Texas Legislative Director. “Representative Roberts is taking a very important step by filing this legislation, helping to lessen the burden on small businesses---the economic engines of this great state.”
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