Senate Panel Approves 3 NAHB-Supported Regulatory Relief Bills

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on May 18, 2017 2 Comments

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 17 approved three NAHB-supported regulatory relief bills designed to fix the broken federal regulatory process, restore meaningful congressional oversight and focus on the disproportionate burdens small businesses face in complying with regulations.

The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951) would modernize a badly broken regulatory process. The bill would add greater transparency in the rulemaking process, improve cost-benefit analysis and provide for meaningful retrospective review of rules. The measure is based on bipartisan executive orders from the past five presidents, and it would yield more effective regulatory outcomes for American businesses, workers and their families.

The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act 2017 (S. 21) would restore meaningful congressional oversight authority to the rulemaking process. By making Congress ultimately responsible for the rules Americans must live by, the REINS Act would give all Americans a louder voice in the regulatory process through their elected representatives.

Finally, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (S. 584) would ensure rulemaking agencies consider the true impact of rules on America’s engine of economic growth, small businesses. This bill is desperately needed because federal agencies frequently use loopholes in the rulemaking process to avoid the full economic analysis of a proposed regulation on small businesses. The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act would ensure that the needs and priorities of small businesses are fully taken into account early in the rulemaking process.

Versions of these three regulatory relief bills have already passed the House and NAHB will continue to work with the Senate to move these measures forward.

For more information, contact Alex Strong at 800-368-5242 x8279.

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  1. Rocke Garcia says:

    We have been working to extricate our property from the “flood zone” designated by FEMA. Unbelievable to say but our property 1.65 ac in downtown Morgan Hill CA had approx. 20000 sq ft in the flood zone 4″ deep and its only in the 100 year flood zone. We have hired the right engineers, etc and still do not have a determination of relief after more than 2 years of “regulatory” process: City of Morgan Hill, Santa Clara Valley Water District and FEMA. Its a crime. Rocke Garcia…Glenrock Builders…Morgan Hill, CA

  2. I suspect that this is just more fluff coming from Congress. It would surprise me to see them really step up to take responsibility for the laws and rules that come out of the federal government. I haven’t read the law yet, but I will look to see how much tooth this law has to bring the Regulatory State under control. If I was a betting man, I would put my money on “not much.”

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