CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

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This week in the world of regulation:

  • Last week, 70 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. This is up from 56 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 24 minutes — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • All in all, 260 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 2,966 new final rules.
  • Last week, 1,931 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 7,628 pages.
  • At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 86,591 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. One such rule was published last week, for a total 5 so far in 2013.
  • The total compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $2.325 billion to $4.575 billion.
  • So far, 19 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
  • So far this year, 47 final rules affect small business; 4 of them are significant rules.

Highlights from final rules published last week:

For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.

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