Legislation requiring regulations to be based on sound science cleared the full Senate.

SB 263 would expand the scope of review by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) to include the examination of the quality of data, studies, reports and information underlying state regulations being implemented.

"Regulations have a wide, lasting impact, and government agencies should be required to demonstrate that the regulation is based upon empirical, replicable and testable information," said Ted Erickson, RChester, the sponsor of the bill.

Erickson said that the state agency seeking to implement a regulation would have the responsibility to provide to the IRRC a sufficient description of any data upon which the regulation is based as well as a detailed explanation of how the data was obtained and why the data is acceptable.