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  536.300.  Proposed rules, effect on small business to be determined, exceptions — impact statement to be prepared, when, contents. — 1.  Prior to submitting proposed rules for adoption, amendment, revision, or repeal, under this chapter the state agency shall determine whether the proposed rulemaking affects small businesses and, if so, the availability and practicability of less-restrictive alternatives that could be implemented to achieve the same results of the proposed rulemaking.  This requirement shall not apply to emergency rulemaking pursuant to section 536.025 or to constitutionally authorized rulemaking pursuant to Article IV, Section 45 of the Missouri Constitution.  This requirement shall be in addition to the fiscal note requirement of sections 536.200 to 536.210.

  2.  If the proposed rules affect small businesses, the state agency shall consider creative, innovative, or flexible methods of compliance for small business and prepare a small business impact statement to be submitted to the secretary of state and the joint committee on administrative rules with the proposed rules.  A copy of the proposed rules and the small business impact statement shall also be filed with the board on the same date as they are filed with the secretary of state.  Such business impact statement and proposed rules shall be submitted to the board prior to providing notice for a public hearing.  The statement shall provide a reasonable determination of the following:

  (1)  The methods the agency considered or used to reduce the impact on small businesses such as consolidation, simplification, differing compliance, or reporting requirements, less stringent deadlines, performance rather than design standards, exemption, or any other mitigating techniques;

  (2)  How the agency involved small businesses in the development of the proposed rules;

  (3)  The probable monetary costs and benefits to the implementing agency and other agencies directly affected, including the estimated total amount the agency expects to collect from any additionally imposed fees and the manner in which the moneys will be used, if such costs are capable of determination;

  (4)  A description of the small businesses that will be required to comply with the proposed rules and how they may be adversely affected, except in cases where the state agency has filed a fiscal note that complies with all of the provisions of section 536.205;

  (5)  In dollar amounts, the increase in the level of direct costs, such as fees or administrative penalties, and indirect costs, such as reporting, record keeping, equipment, construction, labor, professional services, revenue loss, or other costs associated with compliance if such costs are capable of determination, except in cases where the state agency has filed a fiscal note that complies with all of the provisions of section 536.205;

  (6)  The business that will be directly affected by, bear the cost of, or directly benefit from the proposed rules;

  (7)  Whether the proposed rules include provisions that are more stringent than those mandated by any comparable or related federal, state, or county standards, with an explanation of the reason for imposing the more-stringent standard.

  3.  Any proposed rule that is required to have a small business impact statement but does not include such a statement shall be invalid and the secretary of state should not publish the rule until such time as the statement is provided.  If the state agency determines that its proposed rule does not affect small business, the state agency shall so certify this finding in the transmittal letter to the secretary of state, stating that it has determined that such proposed rule will not have an economic impact on small businesses and the secretary of state shall publish the rule.

  4.  Sections 536.300 to 536.310 shall not apply where the proposed rule is being promulgated on an emergency basis, where the rule is federally mandated, or where the rule substantially codifies existing federal or state law.  Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, federally mandated regulations are subject to the federal Regulatory Flexibility Act as amended by the Small Business Regulatory and Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, P.L.  96-354, as amended by P.L. 104.121.  Any federally mandated regulations that do not comply with these acts shall be subject to this section.

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(L. 2004 H.B. 978, A.L. 2005 H.B. 576)


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