CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation
Along with nearly four dozen proposed regulations, new final regulations from the last week cover everything from cable boxes to Texas grapefruit.
On to the data:
- Last week, 66 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, same as the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 33 minutes.
- With 655 final regulations published so far in 2016, the federal government is on pace to issue 3,090 regulations in 2016. Last year’s total was 3,406 regulations.
- Last week, 1,683 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,601 pages the previous week.
- Currently at 14,920 pages, the 2016 Federal Register is on pace for 70,378 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. Six 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 $629 million to $1.46 billion.
- 62 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published this year.
- So far in 2016, 130 new rules affect small businesses; 20 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- The federal government has a Texas Valley Citrus Committee. It has approved a tax cut for orange and grapefruit growers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley region.
- Cattle with mad cow disease may not be used for making food or cosmetics.
- The FAA issued 16 new regulations this week. See them all here.
- A Tariff of Tolls for the St. Lawrence Seaway.
- The Cuba embargo isn’t gone just yet, but two regulations loosen it a bit.
- The FCC is loosening security regulations for cable and satellite TV boxes.
- 13,973 acres of designated critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
- Continued restrictions on importing archaeological artifacts from Colombia.
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