Thursday, March 18, 2010

NJ bill prohibits rules exceeding federal standards

A New Jersey Assembly committee today will take up A-2486, a bill that prohibits the adoption of new rules exceeding federal standards unless specifically authorized by state law.

The legislation is sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli, a Democrat representing portions of Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester counties.

The Assemblyman is chairman of the Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee, the panel that will consider the bill today at 2 p. m. in Room 13 on the fourth floor of the State House Annex in Trenton, NJ.

The bill requires that notice of any rule proposing to exceed federal standards must contain:

* A copy of the specific State law allowing the adoption of rules or standards that exceed federal standards or requirements

* Written justification for the exceedance, and,

* A copy of supporting documentation or analysis used by the State agency to justify the stricter standards or requirements.

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