CFC Opposes AB 1833 (Logue) – Unnecessary Economic Impact Analysis

Bill Status: Scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on April 6th, 2010.

CFC Position: Oppose

The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) opposes AB 1833, Assembly Member Logue’s bill that would require specified agencies’CalEPA, the state Air Resources Board (ARB), and the Division of Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA)’to conduct unnecessary and apparently duplicative reviews of numerous rules and standards promulgated by those same agencies.

Under existing law, all state agencies are required to conduct a fiscal cost-benefit analysis as part of every regulatory proceeding.  Furthermore under existing law, CalEPA and all departments under CalEPA, when the proposed rule would cost over $1 million, are already required to conduct an additional economic alternatives analysis as part of the formal rulemaking process.

We are most concerned that implementing this bill could inadvertently add unnecessary costs and time delays to the already lengthy and thorough process at these health-based state agencies.  Such an outcome would be detrimental in their efforts to protect the public’s health.

We respectfully urge a ‘NO’ vote on AB 1833.