Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 536
Administrative Procedure and Review

August 28, 2016
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Small business objection to rules, petition may be filed, grounds--procedure for petition.

536.323. 1. In addition to the basis for filing a petition provided in section 536.041, any affected small business may file a written petition with the agency that has adopted rules objecting to all or part of any rule affecting small business on any of the following grounds:

(1) The actual effect on small business was not reflected in or significantly exceeded the small business impact statement submitted prior to the adoption of the rules;

(2) The small business impact statement did not consider new or significant economic information that reveals an undue impact on small business; or

(3) The impacts were not previously considered at the public hearing on the rules.

2. For any rule adopted prior to August 28, 2005, an affected small business may file a written petition with the agency that adopted the rule objecting to all or part of any rule affecting small business on any of the following grounds:

(1) The rule creates an undue barrier to the formation, operation, and expansion of small businesses in a manner that significantly outweighs the rule's benefit to the public;

(2) The rule duplicates, overlaps, or conflicts with rules adopted by the agency or any other agency or violates the substantive authority under which the rule was adopted; or

(3) The technology, economic conditions, or other relevant factors justifying the purpose for the rule has changed or no longer exist.

3. Upon submission of the petition, the agency shall forward a copy of the petition to the board and the joint committee on administrative rules, as required by section 536.041, as notification of a petition filed under sections 536.300 to 536.328. The agency shall promptly consider the petition and may seek advice and counsel regarding the petition. Within sixty days after the receipt of the petition, the agency shall determine whether the impact statement or public hearing addressed the actual and significant impact on small business. The agency shall submit a written response of the agency's determination to the board within sixty days of the receipt of the petition. If the agency determines that the petition merits the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule, it may initiate proceedings in accordance with the applicable requirements of this chapter.

4. If the agency determines that the petition does not merit the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule, any affected small business may seek a review of the decision by the board. The board may convene a hearing or by other means solicit testimony that will assist in its determination of whether to recommend that the agency initiate proceedings in accordance with this chapter. For rules adopted after August 28, 2005, the board shall base its recommendations on any of the following reasons:

(1) The actual effect on small business was not reflected in or significantly exceeded the impact statement submitted prior to the adoption of the rule;

(2) The impact statement did not consider new or significant economic information that reveals an undue impact on small business;

(3) Such impacts were not previously considered by the agency; or

(4) Such impacts were not previously considered at the public hearing on the rules.

5. For rules adopted prior to August 28, 2005, the board shall base its recommendations on any of the following reasons:

(1) The rules created an undue barrier to the formation, operation, and expansion of small businesses in a manner that significantly outweighs its benefit to the public;

(2) The rules duplicate, overlap, or conflict with rules adopted by the agency or any other agency or violate the substantive authority under which the rules were adopted; or

(3) The technology, economic conditions, or other relevant factors justifying the purpose for the rules have changed or no longer exist.

6. The board shall make an evaluation report to the governor and the general assembly on rulemaking proceedings, comments from small business, and agency response as provided in this section. The governor or general assembly may subsequently take such action in response to the evaluation report and agency response as they find appropriate.

(L. 2005 H.B. 576)




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