The Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee met on Wednesday, December 19th to discuss several reports, the committee recommendations, and areas of future study. Of note:
- Judge Julian Mann, Chief Administrative Law Judge with OAH, and Melanie Bush, Assistant Director of Administration at DMA, reported that a decision on the waiver request for final decisions in Medicaid cases is expected by the end of the month.
- The committee is recommending a new proposal to eliminate unnecessary boards and commissions. In contrast to the legislation filed last year, this only recommends repeal of boards that have no members, no funds, and/or have not met in several years. However, the committee also recommends that the Appropriations committees review the list of legislatively created boards and commissions in connection with their review of state agency budgets. They should consider elimination, reduction, or consolidation of boards and commissions which are deemed unnecessary, too large, or redundant.
- There were also a few items of interest on the list of issues for future consideration: (1) Policies adopted by agencies that do not go through the rulemaking process: there was a discussion using DPI as an example; and (2) amending the APA to broaden the category of appeals that proceed to the Court of Appeals directly.