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Bill seeks to enhance public participation in rulemaking

Joe Mont | March 8, 2017

A bill seeking to bring greater transparency and objectivity to the sausage-making of regulatory rulemaking has passed in the House of Representatives and now awaits a vote in the Senate.

The Regulatory Integrity Act, “would help restore the integrity of the federal government’s rulemaking process,” says Rep. Tim Walberg’s (R-Mich.), the bill’s sponsor. The proposed legislation recently passed with a 246-176 vote in the House.

The legislation would require federal agencies to post, in a central location, all communications they issue during the proposed rule stage “so that the public can fully participate and trust that the rulemaking process is neutral and unbiased. “

“The public comment period is a critical component of the rulemaking process, yet too often we’ve seen federal agencies treat it as a perfunctory step,” Walberg said. “The American people need to have confidence that federal agencies,...

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