The 2015 Federal Register broke the 60,000-page barrier in a big way, with new rules ranging from tuna boats to Nicaraguan archaeology.
On to the data:
- Last week, 68 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 76 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 28 minutes.
- So far in 2015, 2,611 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,330 new regulations this year, far fewer than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
- Last week, 1,245 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,832 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 61,185 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 78,043 pages.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 21 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 $1.69 billion to $1.81 billion for the current year.
- 219 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2015, 427 new rules affect small businesses; 60 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- If you owe money to the Department of Labor, it has new procedures for garnishing your wages.
- The federal government has a Tuna Vessel Monitoring Program. It maintains it under the auspices of the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950, as amended in 2000.
- Sulfur content of fuels in Rhode Island.
- The dusky sea snake and three species of coral snake are now endangered species.
- A new regulation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.
- Restrictions on importing archaeological artifacts from Nicaragua.
- The black pinesnake is now a threatened species.
- The Florida bristle fern is now an endangered species.