The Federal Register wrapped up 2013 with a third-highest count ever, of 80,330 pages. (The published version contains 80,462 pages but I net out blank and skipped pages in my roundup.)
Among those pages were 3,659 final rules. Even going back to 1995, rules have never been below 3,500 annually, and often exceeded 4,000.
Another 2,569 proposed rules were issued in 2013 and are under consideration. I round up the year’s proposed and final rules on a daily basis right here.
Of the 3,659 final rules, 718 are expected to have an impact on small businesses.