SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1458        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 149


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Steven A. Baddour


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to improving the business climate of the Commonwealth.






Steven A. Baddour


Bruce E. Tarr


Michael R. Knapik


Michael J. Rodrigues


Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

Joyce A. Spiliotis

12th Essex

Paul Adams

17th Essex

Demetrius J. Atsalis

2nd Barnstable

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Richard T. Moore



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1458        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 149

By Mr. Baddour, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 149) of Steven A. Baddour, Bruce E. Tarr, Michael R. Knapik, Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation to improve the business climate of the Commonwealth.  Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to improving the business climate of the Commonwealth.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.  There is hereby established a special business regulation review commission to provide an independent review of rules regulations affecting the business community of the commonwealth. 

The commission shall have 9 members, including the following: a representative of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, to serve a term of 2 years; a representative from the Massachusetts High Technology Council, to serve a term of 2 years; a representative from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to serve a term of 2 years; a representative from the Retailers Association of Massachusetts to serve a term of 2 years; a representative from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, to serve a term of 2 years; a representative from the Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to serve a term of 2 years; an academic representative from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to serve a term of 2 years; 2 members who shall not be an employee of the executive branch or the legislature, to be appointed by the governor, to serve a term of 3 years, both of whom are professors at an accredited Massachusetts college or university, but not the same one, with an expertise in business operations, management consulting, organizational change, business regulations, or economics.  One of the members shall be appointed by the governor to serve as chairperson of the commission. The members of the commission shall be appointed no later than September 1, 2011. 

In the course of its deliberations, the commission shall increase awareness of the impact of rules and regulations promulgated by state agencies by conducting analysis and research on proposed and existing regulations issued by state agencies relative to the business community across all industries.  The analysis and research shall consider each rule and regulation’s economic impact, reasonableness, and clarity. The commission shall examine a variety of factors involved in regulation, including, but not limited to: (a) whether the product or service is subject to substantial shifts in supply and demand; (b) whether supply reliability can be achieved through precautionary stocks or other market techniques; (c) the substantial social costs that are incurred when supplies are interrupted or demand suddenly increases;.     (d) identification of the types of businesses and organizations affected by the regulation; (e) desciption of any alternative regulatory provisions which have been considered; (f) economic or fiscal impacts of the regulation, which include: (i) direct and indirect costs to the Commonwealth, to its political subdivisions and to the private section, (ii) adverse effects on prices of goods and services, productivity or competition, (iii) the nator of required reports, forms, or other paperwork and the estimated cost of their preparation by individuals, businesses and organizations in the private section, (iv) the natur and estimated cost of legal, consulting or accounting services which the private sector may incur, (v) the impact on the public interest of exempting or setting lesser standards of compliance for individuals or small businesses when it is lawful, desireable, and feasible to do so; (g) the clarity, feasibility and reasonableness of the regulation, to be deterimed by considering the following: (i) possible conflict with or duplication of statutes or existing regulations, (ii) clarity and lack of ambiguity, (iii) need for the regulation, (iv) reasonableness of requirements, implementation procedures and timetables for compliance by the private sector; (h) whether the regualtion represents a policy decision of such a substantial nature that it requires legislative review; 

The commission shall hold public hearings throughout the commonwealth to hear from employers and employees on rules and regulations affecting businesses across all industries.

The commission shall develop a report detailing its findings relative to identified rules and regulations, including a draft of any legislation required to implement its recommendations. The commission shall develop recommendations as to what changes are necessary to proposed or existing rules and regulations.  The recommendations of the commission shall be designed to improve the business climate of the commonwealth. The commission shall submit its initial report to the governor, the secretary of housing and economic development, the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on economic development and emerging technologies no later than December 31, 2012. The commission shall file an updated plan each year thereafter, not later than December 31.

Any research, analysis or other staff support that the commission reasonably requires shall be provided by the executive office of housing and economic development.