Dems block attempt to relieve suffocating Oregon employers

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Bill to limit regulatory creep fails on Senate floor

Salem, ORSenate Republicans forced a vote on Senate Joint Resolution 32 Thursday morning, a bill that would have given the legislature veto authority over job-killing agency rules.  The bill failed on a party line vote.

“Businesses routinely report that Oregon’s regulatory burden threatens them with death by a thousand cuts,” said Senator Chris Telfer (R-Bend).  “This bill would provide a valuable check on run-away agency rulemaking, and give the legislature the ability to veto rules that are currently suffocating Oregon businesses.”

State agencies currently write administrative rules to raise fees and clarify details relating to newly adopted legislation.  Often these fees and rules extend beyond the original intent of the legislature and present a significant and excessive burden to Oregon employers.  Senate Joint Resolution 32 would require the Senate to approve new agency rules before they could become effective, much like the Senate approves executive appointments to state boards and agencies made by the Governor.

“For businesses to be successful, they need to focus on providing a quality product for a fair price,” said Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River).  “The constantly changing swamp of administrative rules forces businesses to focus instead on bureaucratic reports and new requirements.  I voted yes on SJR 32 because it would give business the chance to focus on growing, succeeding and creating jobs, rather than constant government paperwork.”

There are 180 state agencies, boards and commissions, all with rule making authority.  In 2011, more than 11,000 pages of rules and regulations were printed in the Administrative Rules Compilation, a compendium of all existing agency rules.  In the last two years alone, agencies took action 9,588 times to add, amend, and delete administrative rules.  That is 11,000 pages of bureaucratic requirements for a business to heed and 9,588 different regulatory changes to track, analyze and comply with.  This morass of regulation all requires the time, attention and resources of Oregon’s businesses, especially the small businesses that are the backbone of the state’s economy.

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  • Bagwhan

    I guess nobody understands. You need to kill business in Oregon because businesses are bad, greedy, and they hurt everyone.
    Plus, the legislature would never have overridden any regulation.
    Notice why Freightliner left – and everyone else who left – and there are a lot – stupid regs force people to leave and set up somewhere else. No one in their right mind would put up with this crap and they don’t.
    Oregon is a lot like Greece and our chickens are coming home to roost.
    Why do you think our unemployment is so high??? It is actually at 15.7 % if you don’t hide behind phony government numbers. Maybe even higher.
    So, keep up the good work you morons.
    Idiots like these could not run their own business if their lives depended on it.
    Trust me on that.
    Fools.
    PERS trough feeders – all of them.

    • Sallie

      You know, if you don’t like it then move your oh-so-successful business to a loser conservative state like Texas.  You can go do the dosey-do with that war criminal Bush!  We love our green state and with our policies we ensure that filthy rich republican business people like yourself have no chances to poison our children or mother Earth.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Maintaining law by regulatory fiat is crucial to sustaining Oregon’s chief export – jobs.

    Would that the countless hours spent on making things life harder for people have a small fraction spent on actually doing something positive for them. If we could have just one small glimmer that removal of barriers for the populace is far more of an achievement than thinking of yet another way to regulate them it would be an earth shattering event in this state.

    Sadly such a light is not likely to be found and all we will hear is the klaxon of dullards – that the very thought of eliminating one scintilla of regulation amounts to advocacy of the destruction of society.

    Yes dull beast, should one light switch be installed without a permit, granny will be shipped off to the rendering plant and turned into puppy chow within the month. All are idiots, excepting the noble regulatory agent, whose presence is the sole barrier, the thinnest condom protecting us all from Lovecraftian doom that would descend should any think themselves.

  • Disgusted business owner

    I solved one of their problems.  I now have six less employees.  The politicians really helped those six.  In fact the state is supporting them now.  I feel sorry for the ones I no longer have working for me, but you just can’t get blood out of a turnip and I ran out of turnip juice a long time ago. 

    I just can’t believe the stupidity that is Salem.

  • Disgusted business owner

    I solved one of their problems.  I now have six less employees.  The politicians really helped those six.  In fact the state is supporting them now.  I feel sorry for the ones I no longer have working for me, but you just can’t get blood out of a turnip and I ran out of turnip juice a long time ago. 

    I just can’t believe the stupidity that is Salem.

    • Ron Marquez

      DBO,

      What rules/regs triggered your action ?  Thanks.

  • valley dude

    If rules and fees extend beyond the intent of the enabling legislation, then the legislators or those impacted by them can challenge those rules in court. If legislators intend to limit fees or rules, they can write that into any given legislation. Why should the legislature be able to act as the administrative branch of government, which is the power being asked for here? Its probably not even constitutional.   

  • MyOwnMan

    The government is killing us!
    The government.
    The government, do you hear me?

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