Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Secretary of State Kemp Announces Support for Regulatory Reform Legislation

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today his support of Senate Bill 148, a regulatory reform bill that would subject existing regulatory boards to periodic review by the Georgia Occupational Regulatory Review Council. The legislation is sponsored by Sen. David Shafer (R – Duluth).

“I am committed to encouraging economic growth through regulatory reform,” said Secretary Kemp. “Subjecting our existing regulations to periodic review will help make government more efficient and accountable. I look forward to working with leaders in the General Assembly to ensure passage of this important legislation.”

Secretary Kemp testified before the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee in support of the legislation.

The Georgia Occupation Regulatory Review Council is comprised of 10 state agency heads and legislative committee chairs who are charged with reviewing the need for proposing new occupational regulations. Under Senate Bill 148, the Council will additionally review existing regulatory boards at least once every seven years to determine if regulation is still necessary; if it provides adequate consumer protections; if it hinders job growth or exists merely as a barrier to enter into the field; and the overall economic impact of regulation on the free market.

“Unneeded government regulation slows our prospects for economic growth, deters job creation, and reduces consumer protection,” said Sen. Shafer. “I salute Secretary Kemp's leadership in this important effort to systematically review the myriad of regulatory boards.”

Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.
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