Senator Robertson asked and was granted unanimous consent to make a statement and moved that the statement be printed
in the Journal.
The motion prevailed.
Senator Robertson’s statement is as follows:
Senate Bill No. 276 increases transparency by requiring agencies to include the decision record from an advisory
group in their submission to the Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules for permission to proceed with rulemaking.
This will ensure full disclosure in situations like the ergonomics rules that were considered by MIOSHA during the last
The bill also requires the agency to put the advisory committee decision record on the Internet 60 days prior to their
request for rulemaking. This ensures stakeholders are aware of what the agencies are doing. The bill also clarifies that
the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules can only approve or request for rulemaking after it determines that
it is an appropriate and necessary policy and legal basis for approval. The determination must be in writing.
The bill requires SOAHR to post information on a rule on its website within two business days after transmittal. The
information that must be posted includes the regulatory impact statement, instructions on existing remedies or appeals avail
able to the public, instructions regarding the method of complying with the rules, and any rules filed with the Secretary
of State and the effective date of those rules.
I encourage my colleagues to support this reform bill.