Leon Billings, Environmental Entrepreneur

Editor’s Note: For an appreciation of Leon Billings’s accomplishments, see here.

From: The Baltimore Sun

Leon G. Billings, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Montgomery County who was a key author of the federal Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental laws, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn., after suffering a stroke while visiting family. He was 78.

Born in Montana, Mr. Billings moved to Washington in 1962 and had a 50-year career in politics and public policy. As the first staff director of the Senate Environment subcommittee, he was a primary author of the 1970 Clean Air Act, one of the most influential environmental laws in U.S. history and a foundation for current air pollution laws.

A Disciplined Regulatory Initiative: Announcing that the Data Quality Act is Judicially Reviewable

Editor’s Note: The Publisher’s Note below is cross-posted from OIRA Watch.

The Data Quality Act (DQA), aka the Information Quality Act, allows members of the public to file citizen petitions to obtain corrections of inaccurate information disseminated by federal agencies. Consequently the DQA provides a means for the public to obtain corrections in press releases, reports and regulations issued by federal agencies. In essence the DQA merely requires that federal agencies tell the truth.

Improving the Administrative Process: A Report to the President-Elect of the United States

From: American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice via Yale Notice & Comment

by Emily Bremer

The ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice has just released its 2016 Report to the President-Elect on Improving the Administrative Process.  In keeping with its practice in previous election years, the Section has delivered the report to the transition teams of the two major party candidates for President.




• Oversight and Improvement of the Rulemaking Process
  • First, use effective regulatory planning mechanisms.