CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was a four-day work week because of the Memorial Day holiday, but regulators still had a busy week, with new regulations covering everything from potato-handling to area code overlays. The Federal Register also topped the 30,000-page mark.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 70 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 49 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 24 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 1,236 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of exactly 3,000 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
  • Last week, 980 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,780 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 30,799 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 74,755 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Nine such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $1.36 billion to $1.44 billion for the current year.
  • 104 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 216 new rules affect small businesses; 32 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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