[DENVER, CO] — A coalition of chambers of commerce, trade associations, and businesses, representing the interests of businesses and individuals across the state of Colorado sent a letter to Senator Bennet today urging him to support important regulatory reform legislation pending in the U.S. Senate.
S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), which was introduced with bipartisan support from Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Heidi Heitkamp (D- N.D.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), would modernize the Administrative Procedure Act, the nation’s regulatory playbook, which has been virtually unchanged since it was enacted in 1946.
The coalition urged Senator Bennet to support the RAA, which would increase transparency, integrity, and accountability in the rulemaking process at federal agencies. The bill would also allow Colorado businesses the opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process earlier on for the most costly rules in order to help grow state and local economies. You can view the full letter here.
Earlier this year more than 600 business groups — including trade associations and state and local chambers of commerce — sent a letter to U.S. Senate leadership urging them to take up RAA. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs later passed the legislation, and now it awaits consideration by the full U.S. Senate. The House of Representatives passed the RAA with a bipartisan vote of 238-183 on January 11, 2017.