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TITLE 312 NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION

Economic Impact Statement
LSA Document #12-273


IC 4-22-2.1-5 Statement Concerning Rules Affecting Small Businesses
Estimated Number of Small Businesses Subject to this Rule:
312 IAC 2-5 would apply if another law requires successful completion of testing and identifies the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as the testing authority. The rule would provide a consistent process for individuals with failing test scores to seek an informal consultation with a Division director or a designate, and the rule would acknowledge an opportunity for administrative review under IC 4-21.5. The rule does not establish testing requirements.
Consistency is provided to a person that wishes to pursue DNR accreditation for a continuing education program. Most continuing education programs are sponsored by a state agency (probably the DNR) or a not-for-profit organization. In a half-dozen instances, the sponsor may be a small business. The proposed rule would identify a process by which a person could seek a DNR imprimatur for a program in which participants would receive continuing education credit. The rule seeks to accommodate the process, particularly for continuing education programs that provide innovative or specialized instruction and that are likely to enhance the interests protected by the governing law.

Estimated Average Annual Reporting, Record Keeping, and Other Administrative Costs Small Businesses Will Incur for Compliance:
There is no annual reporting, record keeping, or administrative costs associated with the proposed rule.

Estimated Total Annual Economic Impact on Small Businesses to Comply:
None. No small business is required to obtain DNR approval to conduct a program. Completion of continuing education is a legal requirement elsewhere imposed on individuals who wish to engage in a particular vocation or avocation.

Justification Statement of Requirement or Cost:
Not applicable.

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis of Alternative Methods:
DNR could restrict programs that qualify for continuing education to those that are sponsored by the DNR or another state agency. This alternative was disapproved because not-for-profit organizations or small business may sometimes be better positioned to offer continuing education, particularly for specialized instruction.

Posted: 07/25/2012 by Legislative Services Agency

DIN: 20120725-IR-312120273EIA
Composed: Sep 02,2014 8:49:27PM EDT
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