AN ACT TO IMPROVE AND STREAMLINE THE REGULATORY PROCESS IN ORDER TO STIMULATE JOB CREATION, TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY REGULATION, TO MAKE VARIOUS OTHER STATUTORY CHANGES, AND TO AMEND CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAWS.
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 150B-21.2(c) to require the notice of proposed text of a rule to include the text of the proposed rule, unless the rule is a readoption without substantive change to the existing rule proposed in accordance with GS 150B-21.3A (was, readoption without substantive changes to the existing rule proposed to keep a permanent rule from expiring).
Amends proposed GS 150B-21.3A by deleting the language proposed in the 1st edition and replacing it with the following. Provides that any rule for which the agency that adopted the rule has not conducted a review in accordance with the statute will expire on the date set in the schedule established by the Rules Review Commission (Commission) pursuant to the statute. Requires each agency subject to Article 2A to conduct a review of the agency's existing rule at least once every ten years in accordance with the following specified process. Requires the agency to analyze each existing rule and decide whether the rule is necessary with substantive public interest, necessary without substantive public interest, or unnecessary. The determination is to be posted and open to public comment. After reviewing and assessing the merits of the public comments, the agency must report to the Commission. The Commission must review the reports and if there is a comment on a rule the agency has determined to be necessary and without substantive public interest or unnecessary, the Commission must decide whether the comment has merit; if the comment does have merit, the rules must be designated as necessary with substantive public interest. Requires the Commission to report final determinations to the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee (Committee) for consultation. Provides that the final determination report does not become effective until that agency has consulted with the Committee. Provides for when the Committee does not hold the consultation meeting within 60 days and for the role of the General Assembly when the Committee disagrees with a determination.
Requires the Commission to establish a schedule for the review of existing rules according to the statute on a decennial basis by assigning each title of the Administrative Code a date by which the review must be completed. Provides that if the agency does not conduct the review by the set date, the rules in that title will expire.
Allows an agency to subject a rule that it determines to be unnecessary to review under the statute at any time by notifying the Commission that it wants to be placed on the schedule for the current year.
Repeals GS 150B-19.2 (review of existing rules).
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