This week in the world of regulation:
- Last week, 67 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 two hours and thirty minutes — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- All in all, 949 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
- If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,396 new final rules.
- Last week, 1,368 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 22,116 pages.
- At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 77,874 pages.
- Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. No such rules were published last week, for a total of 11 so far in 2013.
- The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $2.632 billion to $4.910 billion.
- So far, 77 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
- So far this year, 166 final rules affect small business; 20 of them are significant rules.
Highlights from final rules published last week:
- If you grow apricots in certain parts of Washington state, the Agricultural Marketing Service is lowering its assessment tax from $1.50 to $0.50 per ton. Washington farmers who grow cherries and pears are also having their assessments lowered.
- The Coast Guard regulates when the drawbridge in Rock Island, Illinois goes up and down. One would think that the city could manage this on its own.
- The FCC has revised its rules for wireless signal boosters.
- The Defense Department runs a homeless shelter program
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