Category Archives: regulation

A Bit Drastic, But at Least They Correctly Identified the Problem

A barbarous solution to the barbarous problem of over-legislation:

A Locrian who proposed any new law stood forth in the assembly of the people with a cord round his neck, and, if the law was rejected, the innovator was instantly strangled.

-Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 1435.

I personally prefer peaceful solutions that reform the institutional rules that make over-legislating and over-regulation possible in the first place. But before the days of Douglass North and James Buchanan, this was apparently what people had to work with.

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This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The big regulatory news is a proposed loosening of fuel economy standards for cars. This will likely improve safety; lighter cars don’t hold up as well in crashes, and the government has admitted in court that its CAFE standards kill people. Better for people to find their own preferred tradeoffs between safety and other car features. Meanwhile, the number of new final regulations in 2018 will likely pass the 2,000 mark this week, with the newest entrants ranging from giving to charity to Sri Lankan tarantulas.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 60 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 55 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 48 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,959 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,265 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,844 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,643 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 38,179 pages. It is on pace for 63,632 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Three such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is $319.1 million.
  • Agencies have published 69 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 323 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The economy grew by 4.1 percent last quarter, which is wonderful news. The president also announced $12 billion of subsides for farmers hurt by his trade policies and met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, achieving a handshake truce in the brewing U.S.-European Union trade conflict. Congress geared up for its annual August recess, though the Senate will remain in session for most of the month. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies passed new regulations ranging from dumpster fire emissions to caller ID.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 55 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 62 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and three minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,899 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,274 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,643 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,993 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 36,335 pages. It is on pace for 62,647 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Three such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is $319.1 million.
  • Agencies have published 66 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 318 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The European Union fined Google a record $5 billion for antitrust violations, and the president raised foreign policy kerfuffles with Britain and Russia on his European trip. Getting less coverage were more than 60 new final regulations ranging from gasoline vapors to payphones.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 62 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 51 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 4 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,844 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,293 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,993 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 11,115 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 34,690 pages. It is on pace for 61,947 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Three such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is $319.1 million.
  • Agencies have published 65 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 307 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

The big news this week was Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, plus a proposed 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods that could take effect in late August. Things were less uneventful at regulatory agencies, with a lower-than-usual 51 new final regulations, ranging from skin disability ratings to garage door openers.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 51 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 64 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 17 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,782 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,300 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,115 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 809 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 32,697 pages. It is on pace for 60,550 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Three such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is $319.1 million.
  • Agencies have published 63 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 299 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

America celebrated its 242nd birthday on Wednesday, and new tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods came into effect on Friday. Meanwhile, during a four-day work week, regulators added new rules ranging from documenting non-immigrants to loan seasoning.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 64 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 96 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 38 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,731 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,329 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 809 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,393 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 31,582 pages. It is on pace for 60,735                                                         pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Three such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2018’s economically significant regulations is $319.1 million.
  • Agencies have published 61 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 281 new rules affect small businesses; 16 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

It was a newsy week, with Justice Kennedy’s retirement announcement, along with some big Supreme Court decisions, including the Janus decision regarding public sector unions; CEI’s Trey Kovacs has plenty to say about that. Meanwhile, the 2018 Federal Register passed the 30,000-page mark and new rules are on pace to exceed last year’s total. Agencies passed new regulations ranging from changing babies to telehealth.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 96 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 77 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 45 minutes.
  • Federal agencies have issued 1,667 final regulations in 2018. At that pace, there will be 3,308 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,236 regulations.
  • Last week, 1,393 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,283 pages the previous week.
  • The 2018 Federal Register totals 30,773 pages. It is on pace for 61,058 pages. The all-time record adjusted page count (which subtracts skips, jumps, and blank pages) is 96,994, set in 2016.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Three such rules have been published this year, none in the last week.
  • The running compliance cost tally for 2016’s economically significant regulations is $319.1 million.
  • Agencies have published 54 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” so far this year.
  • In 2018, 277 new rules affect small businesses; 15 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.