Government Shutdown and Deregulation

Susan Dudley

January 10, 2019

According to my George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center colleague, Bridget Dooling, a lengthy federal shutdown threatens to derail President Trump’s deregulatory priorities. Not only are covered agencies unable to make progress on their deregulatory initiatives, but the portals for public notice and comment and the office that must review all regulations before they can be issued are caught up in the furlough.

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Regulatory Year in Review

Eileen J. O'Connor

December 17, 2018

Within a week of his inauguration, President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing his Administration to take action to keep his campaign promise to reduce government regulation.  The EO requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one they issue, and to hold annual incremental cost of regulations to zero.  How is his Administration delivering on those promises?

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Originally Speaking: Climate Change and Common Law Public Nuisance

Daniel Lungren, Donald Kochan, Patrick Parenteau, Richard Faulk, and John Baker

December 7, 2018

Originally Speaking is a written debate series that approaches a contemporary topic from diverse perspectives. The Federalist Society takes no position and encourages a clear and constructive exchange on the subject. Posts in an OS series chain off of each other in waves, creating a loose stream of dialogue.

The focus of this series is if climate change is eligible for common law public nuisance claims, as articulated in the lawsuits by CA and NY municipalities against several major oil and gas companies. We hope you enjoy this Originally Speaking series.

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OSHA Drones in the Workplace?

Tammy McCutchen

December 6, 2018

Yes, your friendly neighborhood OSHA inspector is now authorized by the Labor Department “to use camera-carrying drones as part of their inspections of outdoor workplaces.”

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Docket Watch: Zarate v. Tennessee of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners

Braden Boucek

October 22, 2018

If Elias wanted to save a life or write a law, his educational level would not disqualify him. Unfortunately, it does disqualify him from cutting hair.

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Why Environmental Reviews Take So Long… And How We Can Speed Them Up

James W. Coleman

October 18, 2018

On January 1, 1970, President Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) into law. The law requires that the government issue a report—known as an environmental impact statement—before taking major federal actions that significantly impact the environment. NEPA is not a substantive environmental standard; the government can approve a harmful project. It is merely procedural, reflecting the sensible adage “look before you leap.”

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May I Offer You Some Guidance?

Wayne A. Abernathy

October 1, 2018

Guidance from regulators to the regulated can be valuable when kept within the bounds of genuine guidance. When it moves toward compulsion, it moves onto ground obnoxious to the rule of law. The joint statement of five financial regulators reinforces that understanding.

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On the Future of the Chevron Doctrine

J. Kennerly Davis

September 5, 2018

Joel Nolette is a litigation attorney at Mintz Levin in Boston, and an active member of the Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group, currently serving on its Executive Committee.

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When Is a Bureaucracy So Independent That It’s Unconstitutional?

Alex J. Pollock

July 24, 2018

In a conceptually important opinion, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that the governance structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is unconstitutional.

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