CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

by Ryan Young on December 9, 2013

in Features, Regulation

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Regulators took advantage of the full-length work week by publishing nearly 100 regulations, running the gamut from mad cow disease to falconry federalism.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 95 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 77 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 46 minutes.
  • All in all, 3,418 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2013 will be 3,636 new final rules.
  • Last week, 1,699 new pages were added to the 2013 Federal Register, for a total of 73,093 pages. This year’s Federal Register is already the 11th largest in its 78-year history.
  • At its current pace, the 2013 Federal Register will run 77,759 pages, which would be good for fifth all time. The current record is 81,405 pages, set in 2010.
  • 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 of 37 so far in 2013.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of this year’s economically significant regulations ranges from $6.42 billion to $11.83 billion.
  • So far, 305 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2013.
  • So far this year, 672 final rules affect small business; 91 of them are significant rules.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

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