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House Bill 1222

House Bill 1222

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF HB 1222 (Updated February 21, 2005 6:14 pm - DI 103)

Small business regulatory coordinator. Requires a state agency to assign a small business regulatory coordinator for each administrative rule proposed or adopted by the agency. Requires the agency to list the coordinator's contact information in certain published notices and rules. Requires the coordinator to: (1) serve as a liaison between the agency and small businesses subject to the rule; (2) provide guidance to small businesses in complying with the rule; and (3) keep a record of all comments, questions, and complaints received from small businesses. Requires the agency's director to submit an annual report to the legislative council and the office of economic development concerning: (1) the number of comments, questions, and complaints received from small businesses; and (2) the agency's costs of providing the required services to small businesses; during the state fiscal year. Provides that a small business that gives voluntary notice to an agency of a violation of a rule is immune from civil or criminal liability resulting from an agency action relating to the rule violation if the small business: (1) provides the notice within 45 days after discovering the violation; (2) acts promptly to achieve compliance and remediate the effects of the noncompliance; and (3) cooperates with any investigation by the agency. Provides that immunity is not available if: (1) the violation resulted in serious harm or endangered the public; (2) the small business received a competitive advantage; or (3) the small business has a pattern of rule violations. Provides that certain information provided by a small business relating to a rule violation is confidential. Provides that voluntary notice of a rule violation by a small business is not admissible as evidence, other than in an agency proceeding, to prove liability.
Current Status:
Passed 2nd reading - first House
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