Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661
MADISON – Small businesses owners with concerns regarding state
administrative rules or the rule making process should contact the
Governor’s Small Business Regulatory Review Board.
“My Grow Wisconsin plan calls for helping small business owners thrive in
Wisconsin’s marketplace,” said Gov. Jim Doyle. “I established the Small
Business Regulatory Review Board to give teeth to a law that requires state
agencies to consider how their rules will affect small businesses.
Wisconsin small business owners now have a seat at the table when regulatory
decisions are made.”
The Governor’s Small Business Regulatory Review Board has been given
statutory authority to see that administrative rules imposed by state
agencies comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act requirements. The board
reviews new rules which may adversely affect small businesses and suggests
less restrictive alternatives and/or creative, flexible means for businesses
to comply with the agencies whenever possible. The Board may also review
existing rules and can prepare a report to the Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules if the rules are found to be unnecessarily burdensome
to small business.
Wisconsin Act 145 established the Governor’s Small Business Regulatory
Review Board in July 2004. The Board consists of six representatives of
small business, eight state agency representatives and one representative
each from the State Senate and Assembly. A small business is defined as a
business entity, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and
operated and employs 25 or fewer full-time employees or has gross annual
sales of less than $5,000,000.
To learn more about how you can have your voice heard on the issues related
to state administrative rule-making visit the Small Business Regulatory
Review Board website at www.commerce.wi.gov/BD/BD-SBRRB.html , or contact
Carol Dunn, Commerce Small Business Ombudsman, at 608-267-0297.