CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

As 2014 draws to a close, regulators had themselves a busy week with 50 proposed regulations, more than 2,000 Federal Register pages, and 69 new final regulations covering everything from washing machines to plants for planting.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 69 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 63 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 26 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 3,446 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,545 new regulations this year.
  • Last week, 2,211 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 76,025 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 78,207 pages. This would be the 6th-largest page count since the Federal Register began publication in 1936.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 44 such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $6.48 billion to $9.95 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • 279 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 649 new rules affect small businesses; 98 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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