Things remain slow on the regulatory front, with a large chunk of new rules being routine safety-zone and drawbridge scheduling regulations from the Coast Guard, and the EPA’s usual slew of air regulations. Other new rules of note range from boat engines to codfishing.
Starting this week, many late-Obama administration regulations delayed by the Trump administration’s 60-day freeze will come into effect. Agencies will also gain a freer hand to issue more new regulations. There may be a deluge of new rules to even out the slow post-inauguration pace, or it may simply be back to business as usual—which is roughly 15 final regulations and 300 Federal Register pages per workday. Time will tell. New regulations from the final freeze-week range from glucose monitors to water power.
It was another slow week for new regulations, but busy times are on their way. A slew of delayed regulations will come into effect on March 21, mostly with few or no alterations. Congress is also reclaiming its legislative responsibilities via the Congressional Review Act, striking down several executive branch rules rules it never legislated. New regulations that did come out in the last week range from AM radio to halibut.
As the regulatory freeze marches on, most new regulations coming out are garden-variety FAA airworthiness directives and Coast Guard drawbridge and safety zone rules. Other new regulations range from sweet onions to a “tariff of tolls.”
In a new video, Pacific Legal Foundation’s Todd Gaziano talks with Jonathan Wood about a new interpretation of the Congressional Review Act that would allow Congress to quickly repeal federal regulations from as far back as the mid-1990s.
Traditionally considered to apply only to recently-passed rules, Gaziano’s game-changing theory of a more expansive application of the Congressional Review Act was recently featured in Kim Strassel’s Wall Street Journalcolumn: