Pursuant to G.L. c. 30A, §2, agencies promulgating new regulations must submit a Small Business Impact Statement (“Statement”) for inclusion with the record of the regulations. Our office submits the following Statement pertaining to the proposed amendments to 940 CMR 14.00: Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes. We are specifically amending §§ 14.03, 14.04(3), 14.06(2) and adding §§ 14.06(14), 14.06(15) and 14.10.
- Estimate the number of small businesses subject to the proposed regulation.
There are four types of small businesses that may be impacted positively with the adoption of these new regulations: medical, dental, mental health providers, and funeral services. Although the total number of business is difficult to calculate, there may be possibly hundreds of small businesses that perform these types of services in the Commonwealth and may be impacted by the Regulations. The private sector may experience a minor amount of additional business due to the increase in reimbursable services from the changes to the Regulations. These changes include allowing for compensation related expenses associated with catastrophic injuries including medical, dental, and mental health counseling. Additionally, they increase the reimbursement cap for funeral expenses from $6,500 to $8,000. Therefore, service providers in these four industries may see a minor increase in business.
- What are the projected reporting, recordkeeping and other administrative costs required for compliance with the proposed regulation?
The Regulations do not impose new record keeping, reporting requirements, or other administrative costs required for compliance with the proposed regulations.
- Detail the appropriateness of performance standards versus design standards.
Neither performance standards nor design standards are applicable to the proposed regulatory changes.
- Identify the regulations of the promulgating agency, or of another agency or department of the Commonwealth, which may duplicate or conflict with the proposed regulation.
The Attorney General’s Office is the sole agency that promulgates regulations regarding victim compensation. Upon review, there are no regulations which that duplicate or conflict with the proposed Regulations.
- Analyze whether the proposed regulation is likely to deter or encourage the formation of new businesses in the Commonwealth.
These Regulations are unlikely to deter or encourage the formation of new businesses in the Commonwealth. However, they may positively impact those certain businesses that perform the specific type of services that will become reimbursable pursuant to the Regulations.