Bi-partisan Legislation that would cut red tape and eliminate goverment bureaucracy cleared a state Assembly panel Thursday.

One bill would modify the process for contested case hearings by the Office of Administrative Law with regard to telephone and video conferences, delegation of final decision authority, oral decisions, checklist decisions, electronic filings, and settlements. It's sponsored by Assembyman John Burzichelli, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Caputo and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos. 

The other measure wouuld revise the Administrative Procedure Act concerning conflicts between rules of different state agencies. It's sponsored by Assemblymen Burzichelli, Coughlin and Barnes.

"New Jerseyans have been waiting for too long for us to find ways to reduce the mountains of regulation, while still honoring our responsibility to protect the environment and citizens," said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). "The Assembly has already taken steps to ease burdensome regulations, and these bills will help us get even more reform accomplished for the betterment of our state."

"Not only do we need sensible rules and regulation to ensure we're smartly promoting businesses and job creation, but we need to make sure our laws are updated and sensible," said Ramos (D-Hudson). "Let's clear up this bureaucracy."

"These reforms will go a long way toward less bureaucracy and more productivity for our businesses, boosting our economy and creating jobs," said Quijano (D-Union). "That's always a good thing, especially in this difficult economy."

“This bill is another example of the Red Tape Review Commission’s work and determination to apply common sense principles in reducing government bureaucracy that is costly and time-consuming,” said Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana, (R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris). “Resolving a dispute through the Office of Administrative Law is intended to be expeditious, not frustrating and expensive.  The rational and sound provisions in this legislation are an important step in settling disagreements in an efficient and objective fashion, which is the aim of the OAL process.”

 "Streamlining these regulations is a key step toward creating jobs and a better business environment for our state," said Caputo (D-Essex). "These are common sense reforms that slash red tape and tackle unneeded bureaucracy."

"A better business climate means better jobs for working New Jersey families, which is especially important these days," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "With our unemployment hovering around 9 percent, we need to promote a good business environment and job creation."

“One of the most frustrating things people and businesses can encounter is two conflicting regulations governing the same subject,” said Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-Sussex, Wayne, Morris). “This is another area of government red tape that must be fixed before someone realizes a contradiction and problem exists. Due diligence by the agency making a proposal can help address this incompatibility at the outset and avoid the expense and aggravation that results when such a controversy occurs.”

"Promoting economic development and job creation is a top priority, and this red tape-cutting legislation is one way to help achieve that goal," said Barnes (D-Middlesex). "These are common sense steps forward."