Red Tape Review Commission Successes
On Friday, November 28, 2014, Governor Christie signed S1909, which repealed and “amend[ed] various sections of the statutory law, in order to remove provisions that have been superseded or invalidated, or which are anachronistic in nature – i.e. belonging to an earlier time and irrelevant in the current legal, political, and social climate.”
Among many others, S-1909 repeals provisions of law associated with the following topics:
- Transportation of infected persons and items by common carriers;
- Occupations forbidden to persons infected with venereal disease;
- Permitted movement of persons with venereal disease from one jurisdiction to another;
- County hospitals for communicable diseases;
- Municipal hospitals for communicable diseases;
- Turnpike or plank road companies – vacation of public rights in, and relief from public duties associated with, turnpike or plank road; and
These repeals were recommended by the Red Tape Review Commission – with Lieutenant Governor Guadagno as Chair – in its 2012 Findings and Recommendations Report. The bi-partisan, unanimously passed bill was passed by, among others, Senator Steven Oroho – a member of the Red Tape Review Commission.
Red Tape Review Commission
On September 23, 2010, then-Acting Governor Guadagno signed Executive Order No. 41 to create a permanent, bi-partisan Red Tape Review Commission (the “Commission”).
Building on the activity of its predecessor, the 90-day Red
Tape Review Group (the “Group”), the Commission will hold at least three public meetings throughout the state in 2011 and
will submit a final report to Governor Christie in December 2011. Through these forums, the Commission will solicit the
public’s view of New Jersey’s regulatory process.
On January 20, 2010, Governor Christie signed Executive Order No. 1, which froze proposed regulations and ordered a 90-day moratorium on new proposals. Executive Order No.2 directed State departments to undertake a review of their administrative regulations to ensure that they complied with the “Common Sense Principles” for rulemaking.
The departments were given 90 days to review proposed regulations, and 180 days to review existing regulations. With Executive Order No. 3, Governor Christie created the Group to “review all pending and proposed rules and regulations to assess their effects on New Jersey’s economy and to determine whether their burdens on business and workers outweigh their intended benefits.”
The Group gathered input from stakeholders through three public meetings and combined with the
results of the agency reviews, it presented its report Findings & Recommendations to Governor Christie on April 19, 2010. The report, Summary: Department 180-Day Submissions, followed on September 23, 2010.
Of the 128 proposed regulations that had been frozen by Executive Order No. 1, State departments withdrew 16. As a result of the 180-day review of existing regulations, mandated by Executive Order No. 2, the departments abolished 6 chapters of the Administrative Code, proposed to amend 99 regulations and proposed to repeal 31 regulations.
Moreover, the New Jersey Register of proposed and adopted regulations was 3086 pages long at the close
of 2010, less than two-thirds of the total 4846 pages at the close of 2009 and less than half of the 7020 page total at
the close of 2008.
Legislation is also being passed to implement red-tape reforms. One of the Common Sense Principles from Executive Order No. 2 compelled agencies to adopt the “time of decision” rule, in which every permit or approval is governed by the rules in effect at the time of filing (unless explicitly provided otherwise.)
On May 5, 2010, Governor Christie signed S82 into law, requiring local governments to make decisions
on development applications based on the local laws in force when the original application was submitted – in effect codifying
“time of decision” at the local level.
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