This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

In a mere nine working days, the 2017 Federal Register has nearly reached 5,000 pages; the midnight hour approaches. New rules from the last week range from school lunches to bumblebees.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 82 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 52 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 3 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 134 final regulations in 2017. At that pace, there will be 3,722 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,853 regulations.
  • Last week, 2,573 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,189 pages the previous week.
  • The 2017 Federal Register totals 4,762 pages. It is on pace for 132,278 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which accounts for skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set last year. The unadjusted count was 97,110 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Five such rules have been published this year, three in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $6.6 billion to $12.8 billion.
  • Agencies have published 15 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2017, 27 new rules affected small businesses; 4 of them are classified as significant. 

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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