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House Passes Regulation-Cutting SCRUB Act

Joe Mont | January 11, 2016

Federal legislation that seeks to eliminate outdated regulations was passed in the House of Representatives last week. H.R. 1155, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act, introduced by Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), awaits a vote in the Senate.

The bill, which advanced with a 245-174 vote on Jan. 7, would establish a bipartisan commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed to reduce unnecessary business burdens.

The legislation prioritizes reviews of major regulations that have been in effect more than 15 years, impose paperwork burdens that could be reduced without diminishing regulatory effectiveness, or create disproportionately high costs for small businesses. Also targeted are rules: rendered obsolete by technological or market changes; that achieved their goals and can be repealed without issue; are...

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