Lashutka Urges Intergovernmental Cooperation on Federal Regulations

By Cormier, Kristin E. | Nation's Cities Weekly, April 26, 1999 | Go to article overview

Lashutka Urges Intergovernmental Cooperation on Federal Regulations


Cormier, Kristin E., Nation's Cities Weekly


Greg Lashutka, mayor of Columbus and past president of NLC, urged the Senate to act swiftly on NLC-supported bipartisan legislation to require risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis of federal regulations. "Federal regulations that are costly and burdensome need to be addressed through better consultation with state and local governments," Lashutka said. "Risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis of federal regulations are necessary to determine if the greater good of the public is being met in the most cost effective way."

Sen. Levin (D-Mich.) said, the bill has the support not only of Senate Minority Leader Dashle, but also President Clinton. Lashutka testified before the Senate Government Affairs Committee on behalf of the National League of Cities in support of "The Regulatory Improvement Act" (S. 746). Lashutka also submitted a letter in support of the bill signed by the elected leaders of all seven major organizations representing the nation's state and local officials. Committee Chairman Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) introduced the legislation to impose checks on federal agencies similar to those Congress is subject to under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA). The bill would implement a process to provide for better consultation with state and local governments as regulatory proposals are being considered.

"Our constituents expect federal, state, and local governments to function together and provide effective service. The most effective way for all of us to deliver our services is for each level of government to stay within its most effective and efficient roles. These lines are becoming more and more obscure as the federal government continues to regulate the various sectors of our local communities without consideration of the impact of its actions," said Lashutka.

Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio), a NLC past president and former Governor of Ohio said that the bill would remedy the disconnect between federal, state, and local governments, "Congress and federal agencies fail to recognize how much regulations cost state and local governments, who are our partners. …

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