Another droll week on the regulatory front, with new rules ranging from UHF television (which still exists?) to restaurant menus.
On to the data:
- Last week, 48 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 50 the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 30 minutes.
- Federal agencies have issued 986 final regulations in 2017. At that pace, there will be 2,866 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,853 regulations.
- Last week, 1,060 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,399 pages the previous week.
- The 2017 Federal Register totals 21,286 pages. It is on pace for 61,870 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts 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. Seven such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
- The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations ranges from $6.8 billion to $13.2 billion.
- Agencies have published 109 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
- In 2017, 207 new rules affected small businesses; 37 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- New federal standards for barley.
- Therapeutic oxygen on airplanes.
- Do you own multiple UHF television stations? You can get a discount from the FCC. Don’t tell Weird Al Yankovic!
- A delay of compliance dates for calorie labeling in restaurant menus.
- Food polymers.