CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was a short work week due to the July 4 holiday, but regulators still managed to publish 34 proposed regulations and more than 90 final regulations covering everything from cranberries to rules of acquisition.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 91 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 64 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 51 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 1,602 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,071 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total of 3,154-plus.
  • Last week, 1,478 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,343 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 38,258 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 75,312 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Fourteen such rules have been published so far this year, one in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $1.14 billion to $1.22 billion for the current year.
  • 133 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 269 new rules affect small businesses; 40 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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