"The common sense reforms contained in our proposal will take the power of regulating away from unelected bureaucrats and put it back where it belongs — in the hands of the people," Walker said in a statement.But...but, the power of regulation is already in the hands of the people, the same article states...
Post Cresent Excerpt:Despite having republicans control all three houses of state government, how much more "people" can you have than in our elected representatives in the legislature? Well, we could propose a regulations oversight committee completely independent of the governor and the legislature, but that would be "progressive." Besides, under Walker who would comprise the committee? Members of the WMC?
Under current law, approval of agency rules rests with a special legislative committee and ultimately the Legislature.
Post Cresent Excerpt:Walker wants to take the technicalities out of the hands of the science guys, government employees (bureaucrats) who specialize in the field, and hand them over to a corporate drone (himself) who would like nothing more than to dumb down the rules far enough to render them nearly useless.
The rules, which have the same power as a law, are typically put in place after the Legislature passes a new law. They can be highly technical but they can also directly affect how a new law is actually implemented.
Post Cresent Excerpt:This is really at the heart of what Walker wants. He wants to forbid the science guys from PROPOSING or fortifying any rules while at the same time weakening the state's legal defenses to enforce whatever regulations remain. "Citizens" in our post-constitutional government is now synonymous with "corporations."
Walker also proposed prohibiting state agencies from proposing rules that are more restrictive than what is allowed under the law and allowing for citizens to file legal challenges to rules in any county circuit court, not just Dane County, where state government is centered.