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2011 House Bill 4326: Ban state regulations more stringent than federal standards
  1. Introduced by Rep. Jeff Farrington (R) on February 23, 2011, to prohibit a state department or agency from promulgating rules more stringent than required by applicable federal standards. The bill also requires systematic review of existing rules, establishes that agency bulletins, interpretative statements, etc. do not have the force of law, and more.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on February 23, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on May 25, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 15, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 15, 2011.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on June 15, 2011, to not extend the proposed restriction to administrative rules and regulations that apply to the Great Lakes. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 15, 2011.
  2. Passed 60 to 48 in the House on June 16, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 21, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development Committee on June 21, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 3, 2011, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 9, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not have the systematic review of existing rules or restrictions on agency "bulletins," etc., which are now in House Bill 4340 and others. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 9, 2011.
  4. Passed 25 to 11 in the Senate on November 10, 2011, to prohibit a state department or agency from promulgating rules more stringent than required by applicable federal standards.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on November 10, 2011, to prohibit a state department or agency from promulgating rules more stringent than required by applicable federal standards.
  6. Passed 59 to 48 in the House on December 1, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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