[46 Pa.B. 7161]
[Saturday, November 12, 2016]
Notice of Veto
October 28, 2016
To the Honorable Senate of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:
Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, Senate Bill 562, Printer's Number 1897.
I cannot approve this bill as it overreaches into executive authority, causes delay in the rulemaking process, and decreases transparency in state government.
In promulgating regulations, executive agencies are simply exercising legal authority already granted to them by the legislature. Existing law already supplies the legislature with significant influence in the regulatory process. The General Assembly has acted in many instances pursuant to this process to object to and significantly change regulations that members have felt exceeded the authority of the executive branch.
This bill has the potential to grind the regulatory review process to a halt. For example, under this proposed scheme, the process could have been halted on June 20. The bill would allow the General Assembly to stop the process by simply refusing to take final action on any regulatory package for forty legislative days. This year that would extend from June 20th until today. This stoppage would have prevented all agencies from promulgating rules to benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth. This bill would increase delay by the General Assembly putting off final action on a regulatory package, which runs counter to how a government should react in response to the needs of its people.
Finally, this bill decreases the transparency in state government by preventing state agencies from publishing explanations of why regulations are needed. Public notice, which is required by current law, helps inform interested parties of the need and reason behind the changes in the rules. We should be increasing—not decreasing—transparency in our government.
For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from Senate Bill 562, Printer's Number 1897.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-1936. Filed for public inspection November 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]
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