Agencies have found ways to circumvent this review
After years of taking it on the chin from many agencies, State Representative Daniel Bonham has introduced HB 2334
which would reset the rules for agencies to create a small business impact statement when crafting emergency rules.
Testifying on behalf of the Oregon Farm Bureau, Samantha Bayer summed up the bill:
"When a state agency creates a rule, the agency is supposed to prepare a statement identifying any significant economic impacts on businesses, with a special focus on how the cost of compliance will effect small businesses. Unfortunately, Oregon’s agencies have
found ways to circumvent this important review and saddle our small businesses with overwhelming regulatory costs.
"The 'small business impacts analysis' needs an overhaul now more than ever. Our small and local businesses have been decimated by COVID-19. We need the legislature to step in and strengthen the small business impacts analysis to ensure that state agencies are
following their requirements under the law, and protecting the businesses we know and love.
would strengthen the small business impacts analysis by requiring an agency to:
- Undertake the analysis even for temporary or emergency rules
- Establish differing compliance or reporting requirements or time tables for small business
- Clarify, consolidate, or simplify the compliance and reporting requirements under the rule for small business, and
- Utilize objective criteria for standards, or
- Exempt small businesses from any or all requirements of the rule or
- Establish a less intrusive or less costly alternative rule applicable to small business.
The bill is scheduled for a Work Session in the House Committee On Economic Recovery and Prosperity on April 8 at 8:00am
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