Updated ACUS Summary of Recent Administrative Law Reform Bills

by Chris Walker — Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018@chris_j_walker

acusThe Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) tracks the various regulatory reform bills on a pretty regular basis. This is a terrific resource for those interested in understanding the various proposals being considered in Congress. ACUS just posted an updated summary here.

Here is the description of the project:

In the last several sessions of Congress, Members of Congress from both political parties have introduced a large number of bills designed to amend or overhaul certain aspects of the federal administrative state. Among other things, these bills would increase Congressional oversight over agencies, impose additional procedural requirements for agency rulemaking activities, require consideration of additional factors in analyzing proposed regulations, enhance requirements for cost-benefit analysis of proposed rules (including extending those requirements to independent regulatory agencies), and impose a regulatory budget requirement on agencies (e.g., mandating a repeal of one or more preexisting regulations prior to issuing a new regulation). Certain bills, such as the Regulatory Relief Act of 2017 would involve an extensive restructuring of the rulemaking process at federal agencies, whereas others, such as the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017, implement targeted reforms to certain procedures at specific agencies.

Given the significance of these proposed reforms and the large number of bills introduced, the Office of the Chairman of the Administrative Conference felt that it would be useful to compile a list of bills introduced in the last several years. The resulting memorandum which covers the past seven years of legislation represents the assiduous efforts of several past and current Conference interns (whose names appear at the top of the document). The Office intends to update this document periodically to introduce new bills and to reflect subsequent developments for existing bills.

The document is intended only for informational purposes, and the Office makes no representation concerning its accuracy or completeness. In addition, the Office takes no position on the merits of the bills described. Please contact Gavin Young (gyoung@acus.gov) with any recommended additions or changes to the memorandum.

Cite As: Author Name, Title, 36 Yale J. on Reg.: Notice & Comment (date), URL.

About Chris Walker

Christopher Walker is a law professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Walker clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and worked on the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. His publications have appeared in the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among others. Outside the law school, he serves as one of forty Public Members of the Administrative Conference of the United States and as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He blogs regularly at the Yale Journal on Regulation.

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