Assemblyman Ken Cooley Sworn into Office & Introduces First Bill Increasing Accountability of the Regulatory Impact of Governmental Agencies

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Continued economic recovery for state, district is top priority

Sacramento- Ken Cooley was sworn in today as the California State Assemblymember for the new 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton, and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.

As a longtime community leader in Rancho Cordova and a founding member of the City, Mr. Cooley will hit the ground running as an experienced leader. "As an Assemblymember, I will continue my work representing the people of the 8th District. My door is open, and I look forward to partnering actively with the community and representing them in both my capitol and district offices," said Ken Cooley.

Immediately after the swearing-in proceedings concluded, Assemblymember Cooley introduced AB 12, increasing the accountability of the regulatory impact of governmental agencies, where they are issuing major regulations that can burden the economy.

Under current law, when state agencies create or modify regulations that have an economic impact of $50 million dollars or more they must issue a standardized regulatory impact analysis which explains the potential adverse impact on California businesses, including whether the regulation encourages the creation or elimination of jobs and industry. The Department of Finance and the Office of Administrative Law are to review those regulatory impact analysis reports to ensure they are being properly created and compiled but there is no specific reporting timeframe and no public notification requirements.

This bill requires the Department of Finance and the Office of Administrative Law to review those regulatory impact analysis reports and report annually to the Legislature to promote state agencies' compliance. It further instructs the Office of Administrative Law to make public notice on its website of any state agency failing to issue a standardized regulatory impact report and the reason for the agency's noncompliance creating a mechanism for accountability and transparency.

"I understand the sacred trust placed in elected officials to be good stewards of the people's money. To that end, I will use the full power of this office, and the power of the Assembly, to shed light on government programs to ensure that regulations are not unduly burdensome, to create cost-savings and higher accountability. A more streamlined and efficient government means a higher performing government," said Cooley.

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