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Regulatory Reform in Ohio

Ian Scott on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 5:15:55 pm

Two regulatory reform bills are working their way through the Ohio House.  Both could have a significant positive impact on businesses in the state.

The Small Business Regulatory Relief Act (Ohio HB 311)would require state agencies to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on each rule and regulation to ensure that it does not pose an undue burden on small businesses.  In addition, HB 311 creates the office of the Ohio Small Business Ombudsperson to act as a liaison between small businesses and state agencies.  Further, HB 311 establishes the Small Business Regulatory Review Board to review agency regulations and cost-benefit analysis, and ensure that small businesses are not being disproportionately impacted by these regulations.

The Common Sense Regulation Act(HB 230) was reported out of the House State Government Committee last week.  HB 230 would develop a system by which individuals and small businesses can be electronically informed when new rules or regulations are being developed.  In addition, HB 230 would provide for an ombudsperson at each state agency, establish the office of the small business advocate, and create the small business round-table to ensure that small businesses have an avenue to receive information and have their concerns and questions addressed.  HB 230 would also create customer service standards for each state agency employee to ensure that small businesses are being treated fairly and consistently in each of their interactions with regulatory bodies.

How refreshing to see a couple of positive policy notes this Wednesday afternoon.  If you have examples of good, pro-business legislation on the move in your state, please share by leaving a comment.

Thanks to the advocacy team at COSE (Council on Smaller Enterprise) for the background write ups on HB 311 and HB 230.

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