Editor’s Note: For more information on TPP and regulation, see here.
From: Good Fruit Grower
Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.
by Mark Powers, Executive Vice President of the Northwest Horticultural Council
In addition to the United States, the Trans-Pacific Partnership includes Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. These 12 countries represent 40 percent of the global economy.
From: The Hill
By Lydia Wheeler
President Obama is preparing to unleash a wave of new regulations in 2016 as he looks to shore up his legacy on public protection issues during his final year in office.
The Securities and Exchange Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Labor are all expected to finalize major federal rules that critics say are long overdue. The regulations include a final rule from the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law that will force companies to compare the paychecks of their top executives with company performance, final rules for cigars and electronic cigarettes proposed well over a year ago, and a final regulation to protect constructions workers from deadly silica dust.
Washington – OSHA has sent a draft of its final rule on silica to the Office of Management and Budget, one of the final steps in a process that will lead to the publication of the long-awaited standard.
Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez made the announcement Dec. 21 during a conference call with stakeholders. “Current standards that we have are more than 40 years old. They have been inadequate in protecting workers,” Perez said.
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Editor’s Note: Promoting and ensuring federal use of voluntary consensus standards whenever practical for regulatory and procurement purposes is a long-standing OMB responsibility. See, CRE’s white paper, Market-Driven Consortia, Implications for the FCC’s Cable Access Proceeding.
From: The White House
by J. Michael Daniel
From: Politico | Morning Shift
OSHA RULE YANKED BACK: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday withdrew from the White House Office of Management and Budget a final rule intended to prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls, according to Safety and Health Magazine. The regulation, in the works for twenty-five years, went to OMB on July 2. . . .
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From: Mercatus Center | George Mason University
By Laura Jones
Earlier this year, Canada made news when it became the first country in the world to legislate a hard cap on regulations. It’s a move that may surprise Americans who see Canada as a country that embraces, for better or worse, bigger government. The new federal law requires that for every new regulation introduced, one of equivalent burden must be removed. Remarkably, the legislation had nearly unanimous support.
Editor’s Note: The FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability ratings are subject to the Data Quality Act. Concern over CSA rankings are part of the larger issue of inaccuracies and misleading data in federal databases. See here.
From: Energy Global | Hydrocarbon Engineering
Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle
According to a new report commissioned by the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), the supposed benefits of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule for methane and volatile organic compounds emissions from the oil and gas sector, could be based on assumptions that are not reasonable and not sufficiently reviewed to be used to support regulatory policy making.