The House Wednesday approved legislation authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) to streamline state government, reduce unnecessary regulations, and protect consumers by making changes relating to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s (PDA) Weights and Measures Division.
“One of my goals as a legislator is to streamline state government, and this legislation will do just that,” said Mackenzie. “In working with the Senate over the past few months, we have been able to construct legislation that is pro-business and pro-consumer, while shrinking government overregulation. I am very pleased my first legislation presented to the governor is consistent with my principle of efficient government.”
To view a video of Mackenzie’s comments, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3njPPI7IZI&feature=plcp.
House Bill 2366 would require any local government that uses parking meters to have them tested for accuracy at least once within a 60-month period, or more frequently if deemed necessary by the local government. The bill permits local governments to contract inspection duties with a certified professional. The department would still investigate consumer complaints regarding parking meters.
The legislation was amended in the Senate to maintain the department’s inspection authority of truck-mounted fuel oil meters and retail motor fuel dispensers. To more closely reflect the improvements in technology, the amendment also would increase the inspection interval from 12 months to 18 months for vehicle scales, truck-mounted fuel oil meters, truck-mounted liquid petroleum gas meters, compressed natural gas meters and retail motor fuel dispensers. In addition, the Senate voted to increase the inspection interval from 12 months to 36 months for commercially used Universal Product Code scanning systems and price-check devices.
Mackenzie noted that the legislation stipulates fuel truck inspections are not to interfere with home heating fuel deliveries.
The legislation is now before Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.