Waukegan officials call for review of ‘arbitrary’ rules related to video gambling sites

Emily K. Coleman on January 16, 2019.

Less than a year after approving regulations aimed at reining in the proximity of video gambling locations, the Waukegan City Council may need to take another look at its approach, the mayor and several aldermen said…


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First-Ever ‘Deregathon’ Targets Regulatory, Occupational Licensing Red Tape

John Haughey on February 2, 2019.

A good turnout is expected at Thursday’s first-ever “Florida Deregathon,” a state-sponsored summit aimed at identifying and eliminating “unnecessary regulations” that hurt small businesses and licensed trade workers…


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We Must Reduce Drug Prices with Policies that Work, Not More Regulation

Doug Schoen on February 5, 2019.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services moved to end “backdoor rebates” in Medicare Part D and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations. Doing so would change the legal protection parameters for rebates between drug manufacturers, insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers…


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The Mozilla oral arguments and the ongoing hell of the “net neutrality” debate

Gus Hurwitz on February 4, 2019.

In the opening seconds of what was surely one of the worst oral arguments in a high-profile case that I have ever heard, Pantelis Michalopoulos, arguing for petitioners against the FCC’s 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) expertly captured both why the side he was representing should lose and the overall absurdity of the entire net neutrality debate: “This order is a stab in the heart of the Communications Act. It would literally write ‘telecommunications’ out of the law. It would end the communications agency’s oversight over the main communications service of our time.”…


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Businesses rail against paid family leave program in hearing

Kalina Newman on January 31, 2019.

Business leaders and others spoke out against the state’s draft regulations for a new paid family and medical leave program, the first phase of which begins this year, at the first public hearing on Wednesday afternoon at the State House…


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Little announces ‘Red Tape Reduction’ effort

William L. Spence on Febraury 1, 2019.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little took aim at 8,278 pages of administrative rules Thursday, saying it’s time to “rejuvenate” the state’s outdated regulatory code…


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Frustrated by the high cost of real estate? Government regulation is partly to blame.

Roger K. Lewis on February 1, 2019.

Ever wonder why real estate is so expensive? Part of the problem is that the cost of government regulation is being borne mainly by the developers — who pass those costs on to buyers — rather than being shared more with the public…


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This May Be the Worst Regulation Ever

Henry I Miller and Drew L. Kershen on January 30, 2019.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created what may be the most bewildering, least cost-effective regulation ever. In July 2016, Congress passed a law mandating that all food containing genetic material that has been modified with recombinant DNA or “gene-splicing” techniques bear labels clearly identifying it as “bioengineered.” The statute acknowledged that bioengineered food is neither more nor less safe than other food, but the new rule—the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, or NBFDS—won’t help consumers understand that. It will only leave them confused.


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Bill to stop regulation on resale of event tickets passes through Utah Senate committee

Emily Ashcraft on January 29, 2019.

A bill to limit regulations on reselling event tickets passed unanimously through the Senate Business and Labor Committee Tuesday…


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FDA Announces Record Rate of Novel Device Approvals in 2018

Kevin Kunzmann on January 28, 2019.

In its return from the federal government shutdown on Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared news that it had reached a record high of novel device approvals in 2018…


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