TRENTON – State Sen. Steve Oroho, (R-24), of Franklin Twp., held up his proposed law to require a socio-economic impact study be conducted and published with every new rule the state enacts.
A “tweaking” of the bill was not defined by State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation chairman, state Sen. Jim Whelan, (D-2), of Atlantic City, nor by Oroho, who only said: “We will work on those revisions and be back on that.”
The bill, S343, revises the Administrative Procedure Act of 1968 to include the socio-economic impact statements on the proposed rule’s effect on the regulated community at hand.
The bill has an exemption clause for proposed rules expected to have an insignificant impact because of minimal scope or extreme unlikelihood that the regulation would evoke a socio-economic impact. In this case, the state must include the basis for the exemption to be included in the notice of the proposed rule.