As the 2016 Federal Register passed the 10,000-page mark, new regulations cover everything from salmon to wine.
On to the data:
- Last week, 67 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 45 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 31 minutes.
- With 443 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 2,914 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
- Last week, 1,415 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 940 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 10,036 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 66,027 pages. The 2015 Federal Register had an adjusted page count of 81,611.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Four such rules have been published so far in 2016, none in the last week.
- The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $402 million to $1.24 billion.
- 45 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
- So far in 2016, 89 new rules affect small businesses; 19 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- Tax increase for pistachio growers in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
- Tax decrease for date growers in Riverside County, California.
- Credit regulations for low-income housing.
- Dividend payment rules for the Federal Reserve’s capital stock.
- Introducing the new Lamorinda winemaking region.
- Commercial Zones at the U.S.-Mexico border.
- 2,300 miles of river are now a designated critical habitat for the Lower Columbia River coho salmon, and another 2,031 miles of river are now critical habitat for the Puget Sound steelhead fish.
- There will be a referendum in August to decide whether the federal government will continue its Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order.