New Senator Seeks Regulatory Reforms
Editor’s Note: “OIRA’s personnel contraints must be addressed. More specifically, sustaining necessary staff levels requires the active, directed use of the social entprepreneurial skills of the OIRA Senior Executive Service Corp.” —J. Tozzi, 63 Admin. L. Rev. (Special Edition) 37 (2011).
As part of a larger coalition meeting, TRSA’s Jessica Skerritt recently met with Sen. Angus King (I-ME), one of a group of senators newly elected in 2012. However, Sen. King is no stranger to politics, having previously served two terms as governor of Maine.
Sen. King spoke about a bill he introduced with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that TRSA supports, the Regulatory Improvement Act. This bill would establish in the legislative branch the Regulatory Improvement Commission. The commission would evaluate and provide recommendations and propose legislation for reducing compliance costs, encouraging growth and innovation, improving competitiveness and protecting public safety.
Sen. King introduced the bill because of the anxiety and concern over what to do regarding regulations. He sees this as one of the biggest issues facing the country and Congress. He was appalled to hear that staffing levels for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) are a third of what they were 30 years ago. Yet, the amount of regulations that OIRA is expected to review has increased exponentially.