Senator Kelly: Increased Oversight Necessary for Good Governance

March 13, 2012
Senator Kelly speaking before the Government Administration and Elections Committee.

Senator Kelly speaking before the Government Administration and Elections Committee.

Hartford – State Senator Kevin C. Kelly (R-21) testified before the General Assembly’s Government Administration and Elections Committee in support of S.B. 390, An Act Concerning The Purview Of The Legislative Regulation Review Committee on Monday, March 12th.

“Each year, state agencies and departments are required to report to the Regulation Review Committee all outstanding regulations,” said Senator Kelly. “Some agencies and departments have not filed their regulations with our Committee, and I believe it is a disappointing trend. In my opinion, this is the result of bureaucratic stagnation that does not serve the people of Connecticut and those that these regulations are designed to help.”

The bill would amend the state constitution to allow the legislature’s Regulation Review Committee to be more proactive in its approach to regulation review. It would expand the purview of the legislative regulation review committee to permit the committee to direct an agency to amend or repeal any regulation that is not consistent with the law enacted to create that regulation.

“There remain pending regulations in state agencies and departments that have never been brought before our Committee,” concluded Senator Kelly. “If an agency does not come before the Committee, how can we take action on these regulations to make sure they are grounded in law? This bill would give the Committee the authority to act when government agencies do not, providing our citizens with more oversight, accountability and transparency over their government.”

According to Section 4-170(b) of the General Statutes, state agencies are required to report mandated regulations which they have failed to adopt. The Regulation Review Committee released a 2011 report to the General Assembly stating that 85% of state agencies have either failed to file a report or have outstanding regulations.