Intergovernmental Operations 2023-2024

The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee met on Monday, May 8, 2023 and considered the following:

SB 350 (Phillips-Hill) – Establishes the Permit Administration Act, requiring state agencies to submit reports to the General Assembly detailing permitting decisions and delays. The bill also requires state agencies to establish permit tracking systems and to contract with a third-party professional to review permit decision delays.

  • A00483 (Rothman) – Requires agencies to approve permit applications that are not sent to the third party professional within 3 business days of being subject to permit decision delay and provides for a tolling period when an applicant resubmits a permit application to an agency through a permit tracking system. Additionally codifies in statute the Governor’s Executive Order 2023-05 establishing the Pennsylvania Office of Transformation and Opportunity and the Economic Development Strategy Group.
    • Amendment adopted, 7-4 (party line)
  • Reported as amended, 7-4 (party line)

SB 633 (Coleman) – Establishes the Regulatory Sandbox Program Act providing for a Regulatory Relief Office within the Governor’s Office that shall administer the Regulatory Sandbox Program. Approved participants of the Regulatory Sandbox Program shall have certain laws or regulations suspended or waived for a two-year period during which participants must offer a product or service that includes an innovation to consumers.

  • An expected technical amendment was not offered as it was not shared at least one hour prior to the meeting (violating Rule 14(k))
  • Reported as committed, 7-4 (party line)

The Intergovernmental Operations Committee met on Wednesday, March 8th to consider the following bills:

SB 188 (DiSanto) – Amends the Regulatory Review Act to provide for legislative approval of any “economically significant” regulation.

  • Reported as committed (Vote: 7-4)

SB 190 (Brooks) – Amends the Regulatory Review Act to require that an agency review an “economically significant” regulation after it has been effect for three years.

  • Reported as committed (Vote: 7-4)
Senator Christine Tartaglione

Senator Christine Tartaglione

Committee Chair