Jarrell Cook

Senate bill exempting Cal/OSHA from regulatory oversight moves to the Assembly

By Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director

Capitol Update, May 19, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend


SB 772 (Connie Leyva, D-Chino) passed the Senate with 21 votes over the objections of business and industry, and counter to the recommendations by good governance experts. The bill allows Cal/OSHA to implement major regulations – those expected to have an annual economic impact of $50 million or more – without conducting a Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment that would force the agency to consider alternative, less burdensome means to achieve the policy goals set by the legislature.

SB 772 compounds California’s problem of being a state that weds a heavy regulatory burden with light administrative oversight measures, which has led to many enterprises choosing to invest in other states. Ostensibly, the bill is intended to protect worker safety; however, Cal/OSHA already has significant emergency and enforcement powers to immediately step in wherever a worker is threatened without undermining California’s regulatory process. For these reason CMTA and a large coalition will continue to oppose SB 772 as it moves to the Assembly.

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