On to the data:
- Last week, 64 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 62 new final rules the previous week.
- That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 38 minutes.
- So far in 2014, 2,521 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,561 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
- Last week, 1,853 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
- Currently at 54,872 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 77,503 pages. This would be the 6th-largest page count since the Federal Register began publication in 1936.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 29 such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
- The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $7.62 billion to $10.87 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
- 206 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
- So far in 2014, 483 new rules affect small businesses; 70 of them are classified as significant.
Highlights from selected final rules published last week:
- The Georgia rockcress is not only a threatened species, it is the unwitting recipient of 732 acres of critical habitat.
- Fishing enthusiasts will be glad to know the season for red grouper fish has been extended for an additional 18 days.
- The Canada Lynx also lives in the United States. Its critical habitat has been revised to reflect its changing range.
- The Postal Service is making it a little easier for USPS Return Services products to qualify for Commercial Plus® pricing.
- The federal government has a Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information program. It is amending its regulations for soybean producers to request referenda affecting the program.
- 20 species of coral are now listed as threatened, and 43 more species, after investigation, will not be listed as threatened or endangered.
- Two more plant species now listed as endangered, one as threatened. All three will receive critical habitat.
- New ground anchor regulations for manufactured homes.