SMART Regulation: Streamlining

Streamlining and More Thoughtfully Analyzing and Promulgating Regulations

On October 6, 2011, Governor Brown signed SB 617 into law, marking an important first step in regulatory reform by requiring each state agency to prepare a standardized regulatory impact analysis for the adoption, amendment or repeal of “major regulations” - those with estimated economic impacts of $50 million or more. Non-major regulations are also required to have a less-rigorous economic impact analysis. However, more work needs to be done to streamline regulations and regulatory processes in a way that serves the state’s important public policy interests, e.g. protecting the environment and worker protections, while minimizing the costs to the economy.

Goal of SMART Regulation: Streamlining

1) Effectively implement SB 617 to better analyze, rationalize and more thoughtfully promulgate regulations and enhance regulatory processes

2) Make necessary regulation and regulatory process improvements by streamlining and/or eliminating mutually contradictory, duplicative, outdated and/or absurd regulations without undermining important environmental and worker protections.

Tracking Progress

Action Team

Goals for the Year

Progress update - September 1, 2015

Regulatory Streamlining
Implement SB 617 to conduct economic analysis of major regulations and establish a ""one-stop shop"" to expedite regulatory compliance and provide ""red carpet"" service.
September 24, 2013 - The Summit has created a 2013 Regulations Action Team that has met several times in August and September and has approved a charter for the Team’s work over the next year. The Team will focus its efforts on two goals:
  • Ensuring state regulations are streamlined and modernized: This may include selecting a small number of specific regulations to focus on over the next year.
  • Support CEQA reform dialogue: SB 743, Sen. Steinberg’s final CEQA reform bill, passed out of the Legislature in September. The bill aims to streamline the CEQA process for the Sacramento Kings arena and infill areas across the state. It is awaiting the governor's signature. The Regulations Action Team is reviewing this legislation, while continuing to support the Summit’s educational efforts highlighting how CEQA could be updated to protect the environment and improve economic outcomes for projects.
  • April 1, 2013 - Key stakeholders on this issue are exploring establishing a working group to assess the implementation of SB 617 and to look for other opportunities to streamline state regulations.
    Consider reasonable alternatives to the proposed regulation, describe reasons for rejecting those alternatives, and select the regulatory alternative that is least costly and burdensome.
    Form an Office of Economic & Regulatory Analysis which should be housed in the Executive Branch.
    Require agencies to assess and report on all new major regulations every five years to determine if they are accomplishing their respective purposes, and ensure appropriate input by the public and stakeholders.
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