CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

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This week in the world of regulation:

  • It was a short week due to the Christmas holiday, but agencies still found time to publish 54 final rules in three working days. This is down from 68 rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 3 hours and 7 minutes — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • All in all, 3,685 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2012 will be 3,715 new rules.
  • Last week, 984 new pages were added to the 2012 Federal Register, for a total of 76,434 pages.
  • At its current pace, the 2012 Federal Register will run 76,741 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. The 46 such rules published so far in 2012 have compliance costs of at least $24 billion. Two of the rules do not have cost estimates, and two other rules have cost estimates that do not give a total annual cost. We assume that rules lacking this basic transparency measure cost the bare minimum of $100 million per year. The true cost is almost certainly higher.
  • No economically significant rules were published last week.
  • So far, 345 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2012.
  • So far this year, 692 final rules affect small business; 96 of them are significant rules.

Highlights from final rules published last week:

For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.

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