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Westrom bill would give small businesses 'bill of rights'

Published 03/16/2011, Alexandria Echo Press

State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, introduced a bill in the Civil Law committee last week to tighten up what he described as “arbitrary or capricious regulation” of small businesses. The bill, he said, would introduce a set of factors that all state agencies would be required to consider when issuing a penalty for first-time violations. In most cases, agencies can now assess fines of $10,000 to $25,000 a day – which can mount up quickly.

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