For Immediate Release Contact: Larry Venus
April 19, 2010 (916) 651-4031
Dutton Air Board Transparency
SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Senate Republican Leader-elect Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) designed to bring greater transparency to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) received broad bi-partisan support today as it cleared the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.
Senate Bill 1402 requires CARB to improve communications with the businesses it oversees. Specifically, CARB would be required to explain how a penalty levied against a business was determined, explain the reason for the violation and specify the code section violated.
“Private business owners tell me that dealing with CARB can be a confusing and frustrating process,” Senator Dutton said. “My legislation seeks to ensure that CARB communicates clearly with the businesses it penalizes so they can understand why they are being fined.”
He also noted that a recent article by Cal-Watchdog [CARB acted like ‘mob enforcer’] highlights the need for improved relations between CARB and the businesses it regulates.
Senator Dutton believes that moving forward with SB 1402 is key in that it shows job creators that the Legislature is serious about improving California’s business climate.
“I am encouraged that both my Republican and Democrat colleagues on the committee see the need for improved transparency and communication at CARB,” Senator Dutton said. “If a business is fined by CARB, they should be able to understand why they are receiving a penalty and how it was calculated.
“All businesses, and small businesses in particular, need a stable regulatory environment to succeed,” Senator Dutton continued. “SB 1402 sends a powerful message that Sacramento cares about the little guy—the small business owner who lives next door and is struggling to survive.”
Sen. Bob Dutton
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