Charleston, WV – Following the passage of Senate Bill 619, the Regulatory Reform Act, during the 2016 Regular Session, each state agency is now required to review and evaluate all state rules, guidelines, policies and recommendations under their jurisdiction that have similar federal regulations, guidelines and policies.
Under this new state code, agencies are required to submit a report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance and the Legislative Rule-Making-Review Committee on or before November 1, 2017. Agencies with rule-making authority will be reviewing all active rules, current guidelines and policies relating to the administration and enforcement of all active rules that have a similar federal counterpart.
Agencies that have active rules, guidelines and/or polices which are similar to a federal counterpart will be required to provide for a public comment period. This will give the public a chance to comment on certain rules promulgated by the Executive Branch. If you are interested in a particular rule, guideline or policy check the individual agency’s webpage to comment, some periods may have already begun.
“As part of the overall regulatory reforms sought by this Legislature, the Rule Making-Review Committee is working to reduce redundancy and eliminate some of the burdens where they occur,” said Rule Making Director Jared Wyrick. “I encourage all citizens interested in the rule making process to make their voices heard through the comment period”.
At the close of the public comment period, each agency subject to this report will file a summary as to whether their state rules, guidelines and or policies are more stringent than their federal counterparts, and all comments received from the public comment period.