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OpenMarket: January 2019

  • Eliminate Obsolete Patented and Proprietary Products Regulation

    January 14, 2019
    Today, I submitted comments to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on behalf of CEI in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking on promoting innovation in the use of patented and proprietary products. This may sound like an esoteric transportation regulatory issue, but it has very serious real-world implications.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    January 14, 2019
    On Saturday the partial government shutdown became the longest ever. The news cycle was wall-to-wall wall and shutdown coverage, though Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) introduced a misguided bill to expand presidential tariff-making authority. The week’s 69-page Federal Register contained just one final regulation, 26 agency notices, and 2 presidential documents. For context, a typical day consists of a dozen or so new regulations and about 270 pages. The lone new regulation from last week concerns Alaskan fishing.
  • Oregon Court Rebuffs Kids' Climate Lawsuit

    January 11, 2019
    Oregon’s Court of Appeals ruled on 9th January that the public-trust doctrine does not impose a “fiduciary obligation” on the state to develop and implement a climate change mitigation program. 
  • Green New Deal: 626 Groups Send Congress a Back-to-Dark Ages Manifesto

    January 11, 2019
    Six-hundred twenty-six organizations, some of them major environmental groups, sent a letter to Members of the House of Representatives on January 10th that details their demands for what must and must not be included in a Green New Deal. The list is a doozy, but is no more radical than much of the rhetoric coming from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her freshman allies in Congress.
  • VIDEO: What Beer Can Teach Us about Well-Crafted Laws

    January 11, 2019
    Our friends at the Federalist Society have released a fun and informative new short film on the history of beer and alcohol regulation. 
  • Reject U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act's Presidential Power Grab

    January 10, 2019
    A forthcoming bill, the U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act, written by “Death by China” coauthor Peter Navarro and other presidential advisers, seeks to expand the president’s tariff-making powers. Its goal is to encourage Beijing to open China’s markets to U.S. producers. The White House is currently seeking cosponsors for the bill, and President Trump is expected to promote it during his upcoming State of the Union address.
  • Agenda for the 116th Congress: Regulatory Reform

    January 10, 2019
    The first chapter in the new Competitive Enterprise Institute agenda for Congress, “Free to Prosper,” is on regulatory reform. Most of the Agenda is about reforming specific regulations. It is also important to focus on the rulemaking process itself—a better game needs better rules. For Congress, that means restoring a separation of powers. For several decades now, the executive branch has been growing too powerful.
  • Agenda for the 116th Congress: The Second Decade of Crypto-Blockchain

    January 9, 2019
    As cryptocurrency and the associated blockchain celebrate their tenth birthdays, CEI’s new “Free to Prosper” agenda for the 116th Congress aims to ensure bureaucratic red tape doesn’t stunt their growth.
  • Introducing a Free-Market Agenda for Accountability and Prosperity

    January 9, 2019
    The governance of American life has been handed over to an operating system that subtly and perversely drives individuals’ behavior away from their own decisions. Unaccountable regulatory agencies dominate how we live, work, play, build, travel, prepare food, and heal one another.
  • The Legacy of Economist Harold Demsetz (1930-2019)

    January 8, 2019
    Economist Harold Demsetz, a Chicago school theorist who was one of the pioneers of the approach now called New Institutional Economics, had died. The former University of Chicago and UCLA professor was 88 years old. See comments from Competitive Enterprise Institute staff below.


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