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Bill to exempt Cal/OSHA from regulatory oversight to be heard in Assembly Labor Committee

By Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director

Capitol Update, June 9, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend


SB 772 by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) is scheduled for hearing by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee at 1:30 pm on June 21. The bill would exempt the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH, otherwise known as Cal/OSHA) from performing the Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment (SRIA) on regulations with an expected estimated impact of $50 million or more as required by law.

Proponents are pushing this bill so that Cal/OSHA may circumvent the ordinary major regulation process to issue its rule establishing an indoor heat illness standard, claiming that the SRIA process will cause delays that may harm worker safety. The underlying rule itself will significantly impact all California employers, especially manufacturers. SB 772’s exemption would give Cal/OSHA carte blanche to issue new major regulations without any of the current law’s requirements that they consider less burdensome alternatives or determine the impact a proposed rule with a $50 million or more price tag will have on California’s economy.

Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking authority touches 18 million Californians and virtually every business in the state. CMTA and a coalition we have formed of stakeholders concerned with improving regulatory transparency and accountability are working to remind legislators that when an agency with such broad authority begins issuing its most significant rules, it is time for more oversight, not less.

For more information on the bill, please review our April 21 Capitol Update. For more information on how this bill will affect your company and how to oppose the measure, please contact Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director for Governmental Relations, at jcook@cmta.netor by phone 916-498-3356.

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