Have you ever found yourself wondering why certain regulations are able to be put in place by state agencies, without any review, when you are the one who ends up footing the bill? With the kick off of the 2017 legislative session, one state lawmaker is wondering the same thing.
Assemblyman Vince Fong introduced a new bill on day one of the session, that would require any major state department regulation with an estimated cost of more than 50 million dollars to be submitted for legislative review. "Take AB32, for example. When you go to the gas station and you pay for gas, ten cents of that price comes from regulation, said Fong.
"Take AB32, for example. When you go to the gas station and you pay for gas, ten cents of that price comes from regulation"
Fong said these types of regulations are imposed by state agencies like the air pollution control district, and state water board with out any approval.
Anytime a law is passed there is a cost associated with it that impacts families and small businesses, so Fong said this bill would enhance legislative oversight for economic analysis before laws can be passed.