Wednesday, March 02, 2011

St. Rep. Dovilla Announces Passage of Regulatory Reform Legislation

COLUMBUS—State Representative Mike Dovilla(R-Berea) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 2 from the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 81-14.  This legislation—sponsored by Senator Jim Hughes (R-Clintonville)—is companion legislation to House Bill 94, which would adopt a new small business rule review procedure by defining a process of regulatory reform.
“I am proud to have voted for the passage of Senate Bill 2 both in the Economic and Small Business Development Committee and on the House floor,” said Dovilla.  “My conversations with small business owners in our community have revealed how much of an impediment our state’s regulatory environment has become to economic development and job creation.  This bill represents yet another step in our ongoing effort to get Ohio working.”
Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 94 outline the role of the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Office, which was established through Governor John Kasich’s Executive Order 2011-01K to evaluate all regulations from any state governmental agency. The CSI Office will determine if a particular regulation has an adverse effect on businesses by assessing all new rules, while also reevaluating existing rules when they come up for periodic review.
Senate Bill 2 creates the CSI Office and a corresponding Small Business Advisory Council to advise the governor on the adverse impacts that proposed rules might have on small businesses.  These functions, established under the Governor’s Office, consolidate existing areas of government and will require no additional state money to begin. 
Having passed from both the Senate and the House, Senate Bill 2 now moves to the governor for his signature.