Peifer Pro-Jobs Bill Earns Committee Approval
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) to streamline the business permitting process in Pennsylvania has earned unanimous approval from the House Commerce Committee.

“We want to bring jobs to Pennsylvania, but our tax climate and disjointed permitting process send the opposite message to job creators,” Peifer said. “We have to change our ways, or our economy, our communities and our citizens will continue to struggle.” 

House Bill 2022 seeks to establish an online portal where businesses can access their personal accounts to register, apply for, and track documents associated with setting up or doing business in the Commonwealth.

The measure was proposed in response to testimony offered at a series of hearings conducted in 2011 by the House Republican Policy Committee’s Job Creation Policy Development Team, of which Peifer served as a leader.

“Businesses operating in Pennsylvania go through many layers of red tape, not only to get up and running but also to maintain their operations,” Peifer said. “We can do better, and my bill is a big step in the right direction. House Bill 2022 will bring accountability and efficiency to the permitting process.”

Under the legislation, the online portal would have to, at minimum, provide the following services: 

        • Electronic submission of a permit application, permit fees or fines. 
        • Tracking of payment status and pending permit applications. 
        • Recording of electronic signatures. 
        • Access to a customized, agency-created checklist specific to the individual business 
        • Online interaction with Commonwealth agencies to resolve difficulties with the 
          permitting portal. 
        • Listing of information related to local permit application information for relevant local 
          permitting authorities.

House Bill 2022 is one of a number of pro-jobs measures under consideration by the state House. Other bills would extend the Research and Development Tax Credit program as well as the Keystone Opportunity Zone initiative, and provide for tax credits to investors that support start-up companies.

House Bill 2022 now goes to the full House for consideration.

State Representative Michael Peifer
139th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Patricia Hippler
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