SACRAMENTO – Democrats this week killed a common-sense, regulatory-reform measure authored by Senator Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, which would have started to unwind costly regulatory constraints placed on businesses and individuals in California.
SB-181 would have required state agencies to identify and repeal two regulations for every new one created. The California Code of Regulations is 28,000 pages long.
The Berryhill bill would have placed the responsibility of identifying regulations for repeal with the agencies, instead of the Legislature, giving those agencies the freedom to use their regulatory expertise to implement the “one-in, two-out” rule most effectively.
“Something needs to change in this state,” Berryhill said. “Businesses are leaving California for friendlier environments, while individuals are frustrated by the government progressively chipping away at their freedoms and their incomes.”
Senator Steve Glazer, the Democratic chairman of the Governmental Organization Committee, opposed the measure as an abdication of the Legislature’s oversight responsibilities, but graciously offered an olive branch to Berryhill for future attempts at bipartisan regulatory reform.
“It’s a little bit of a meat cleaver approach,” Glazer said. “I know that comes out of frustration with how things have continued on a path that you’re frustrated with. But I don’t know if it’s the most thoughtful way to look at each one, because each one does matter. I’d love to work with you on finding other ways in which we can deal with this problem. I thank you for your thoughtfulness and leadership on this issue.”
Berryhill responded: “I appreciate the chairman’s gracious comments and I am eager to work with him on this issue.”