With Liberty and Pizza for All

July 2, 2017

The Wall Street Journal on May 3, 2017

Some good news for readers who enjoy personal freedom and eating pizza: The Trump Administration this week delayed calorie rules that carried criminal penalties for errant pepperonis. Now Congress should rework the idea in legislation…

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Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing field

July 1, 2017

Damon Arthur in Record Searchlight on May 22, 2017

A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County…

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Family Pond Boils at Center of a ‘Regulatory War’ in Wyoming

June 29, 2017

Jack Healy in The New York Times on September 18, 2015

The sun was sinking and the brook trout were biting, so Andy Johnson and his daughter Aspen, 6, stepped onto their sub-bleached pier, hooked some mealworms and cast their lines into the most infamous pond in the West…

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Big legal question: Is Trump’s WOTUS repeal ‘reasoned’?

June 29, 2017

Ariel Wittenberg in E&E News on June 28, 2017

The Trump administration’s 42-page proposal for repealing former President Obama’s Clean Water Rule largely builds its case on a 2009 split decision by the Supreme Court on federal regulation of swear words on television.

In FCC v. Fox Television Stations, the high court ruled, 5-4, that an agency can change regulations without the move being considered arbitrary or capricious under the Administrative Procedures Act as long as it provides a “reasoned explanation” for the change…

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The Finance 202: Democrats are more divided than ever over Wall Street regulations

June 27, 2017

Tory Newmyer in The Washington Post on June 26, 2017

To understand where the debate over financial regulation stands today, it helps to rewind the clock…

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Hysteria Over Trump Transgender Bathroom Rule

June 27, 2017

Gail Heriot in The American Conservative on June 27, 2017

When the Trump administration rescinded the transgender bathroom guidance in February, the mainstream media portrayed it as a frontal assault on civil rights. But most Americans didn’t agree. They saw Trump’s policy for what it was—an effort to rein in one of the Obama administration’s more serious bureaucratic overreaches…

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This Single Labor Rule Hurts Business Owners, Colleges, and Habitat for Humanity

June 26, 2017

Melissa Quinn in The Daily Signal on June 22, 2016

Rodney Kloha feels like he has been backed into a corner by the federal government.

Kloha, of Midland, Michigan, prides himself on running a clean and honest business, Circle K Service Corp., that has grown for nearly 30 years.

But after the Obama administration issued a regulation last month raising the salary threshold for employees eligible for overtime pay, he’s found himself in a bind…

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Improving the Process of Making Rules at Independent Agencies

June 26, 2017

Joseph P. Mohorovic in The Regulatory Review on January 9, 2017

As a Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), I have found that we could greatly improve the Agency’s functioning by adopting several rulemaking procedures. Some of these procedures, like the publication of a regulatory agenda, are time-honored principles espoused by a long line of executive orders, while others, such as pay-go requirements that force agencies to consider the collective economic costs of their rules, are emerging practices used in other countries. Four key procedural steps could greatly improve rulemaking at CPSC and other independent agencies.

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He Flew a Drone to Take Photos for a Friend. Now He’s Facing $55K in Government Fines.

June 25, 2017

Melissa Quinn in The Daily Signal on June 12, 2016

Mical Caterina is addicted.

When the Minnesota man turned 56, he headed to Brainerd International Raceway and raced his Mini Cooper on its road course. With GoPro cameras fastened to the front and back bumpers of his car, he created a video and posted it to YouTube…

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Single Mom Faces Jail Time After Participating in Facebook Food Group

June 24, 2017

Joe Khalil in Fox40 on November 4, 2016

A Stockton woman faces an impending trial and potential jail time after she joined a social media community food group, and sold some of the meals she cooked, which county San Joaquin County officials say is against the law…

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