HB 272 Modifies provisions relating to small businesses

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Current Bill Summary

- Prepared by Senate Research -

HB 272 - Current law requires a state agency to determine whether its proposed rules affect small businesses. This act requires any state agency proposing rules that affect small businesses to involve the affected small businesses in the development of the rules. The act further requires, in the event the agency determines that the proposed rule does not affect small businesses to forward a certification of such fact to the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board for verification prior to filing the rule with the Secretary of State.

The act provides that, beginning July 1, 2020, the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board shall be an "autonomous entity" within the Secretary of State's office. The membership is reduced to 8 members from 9 and further modifies the appointing authorities.

The act permits the SBRFB to meet at the discretion of a majority of the board. The act repeals provisions limiting the ability of the SBRFB to hire staff and instead provides that board may hire staff to carry out its purposes, subject to appropriations received by the Secretary of State's office.

The act further provides that any state agency receiving recommendations from the board shall promptly consider such recommendations and may file a response with the board within thirty, rather than sixty, days of receiving the board's recommendations.


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