Pashinski: Republican plan is a bad move for public health and safety

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, criticized a vote made this week by House Republicans attempting to halt state regulations that protect public health, safety and more.

The House voted on legislation that would add lengthy delays to the nonpartisan Independent Regulatory Review Commission process of finalizing regulations proposed by state government agencies.

Under the bill (H.B. 965), the chairmen of standing committees could potentially bring the regulatory process to a halt by using a provision that prohibits IRRC from acting on a proposed regulation for a specified number of calendar days or "legislative" days, whichever is longer.

Because of Republican majorities in the House and Senate, all committee chairmen are Republicans.

"This is another example of how the Republicans are manipulating the process and preventing the public of vital information and delaying important regulations that are designed to protect the public and the environment," Pashinski said. "The Republicans only seem interested in this when a Democrat moves into the governor’s office."

Pashinski added a similar push was made when Governor Ed Rendell was in office but not during Governor Tom Corbett’s time in office.