CEI’s Battled Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Nearly 2,000 Federal Register pages contain regulations for everything from pay ratios to apricots.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 76 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 83 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 13 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 2,105 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,248 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
  • Last week, 1,993 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,285 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 49,073 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 74,969 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Nineteen 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 $1.32 billion to $1.41 billion for the current year.
  • 177 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 352 new rules affect small businesses; 53 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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