NJCPA Urges Members to Voice Support for GEARR Bill on Governor’s Desk

 – April 6, 2021
NJCPA Urges Members to Voice Support for GEARR Bill on Governor’s Desk

The New Jersey Society of CPAs is asking members to contact Governor Phil Murphy to urge him to sign S441, which would create the Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission (GEARR).

This commission would identify unnecessary state regulations that unduly burden businesses and stifle economic growth. This bill has bipartisan support and passed both houses unanimously. For more info on the bill, see the statement below.

Click here to voice your support for the legislation in a message to the governor. 

Please tell him you want him to sign this bill in order to make state government more responsive to residents, more accessible to people and small businesses impacted by regulations, and more transparent to all taxpayers.


S441 STATEMENT

This bill creates the Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission to assess the effect that rules and regulations and Executive Orders have on the State’s economy and to provide recommendations to the Governor to amend any rules and regulations or Executive Orders that unduly burden the State’s businesses, workers, and local governments.

Under the bill, the commission would be comprised of nine members, consisting of representatives from the Executive and Legislative branches of State government, who are devoted to the common goal of promptly addressing the State’s economic viability and prosperity.  The bill requires each department, office, division, or agency of the State to cooperate with the commission and furnish it with any information, personnel, and assistance it needs to accomplish its duties.  The commission’s findings would be advisory and cannot be used as a basis for any legal challenges based upon the action or inaction of any department, office, division, or agency of the State.

The bill requires the commission to:

(1) review all proposed and adopted rules and regulations and operative Executive Orders issued by the Governor to: assess their potential or actual effects on the State’s economy; determine whether their costs and other burdens on businesses, workers, and local governments outweigh their intended benefits; and establish a basis for providing recommendations to the Governor to amend any rules and regulations or Executive Orders that unduly burden the State’s businesses, workers, and local governments;

2) call upon any department, office, division, or agency of this State to supply the commission with data and other information, personnel, or assistance it deems necessary to discharge its duties;

(3) solicit both written and oral comments from the public, including professional, labor, community, and environmental organizations, businesses, workers, and other affected persons or entities as the commission deems appropriate, and to consider the views expressed by those parties in any report; and

(4) provide annually a written report to the Governor and the Legislature in which the commission must provide recommendations to repeal, rescind, or amend any rules and regulations or Executive Orders that unduly burden the State’s businesses, workers, and local governments.