MRAA supports efforts to stop over regulation
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Posted by: Larry Innis
of the biggest issues facing small business, and especially marine
retailers, is the continuing movement in the federal government to over
regulate. MRAA would prefer that many federal regulations simply be
eliminated, but a key first step is to simplify the process.
Three key House bills with companions in the Senate have been reported
out of the House Judiciary Committee and are waiting for floor action.
These three bills passed the House in the last Congress but the Senate
failed to act on them. Over 300 trade associations back the three bills.
The bills would provide significant reforms to the regulation process,
from how rules are made to how permits are granted in a timely
manner.The bills help to reduce the "behind the closed doors” process
seen by many businesses in the current process when agencies issue new
rules with no notice to the business community.
The three bills are:
· H.R. 2641, the RAPID Act, sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA). This
bill is designed to create more efficient permitting especially for
environmental decision making, empowers a lead agency to manage
environmental reviews from start to finish, including setting deadlines,
identifying a range of best management practices, and accepting a
broader range of relevant existing documents, and directs all the
agencies involved in the rule to work concurrently to complete the
· H.R. 2122, the Regulatory Accountability Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob
Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill would modernize a rule procedural act last
passed by Congress in 1946.
· H.R. 1493, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act,
sponsored by Rep. Dug Collins (R-GA). The bill brings greater
transparency to the "sue and settle” process.
MRAA believes these three bills would overhaul the regulatory writing
process and streamline the permitting process by placing deadlines on
federal agency reviews preventing the abuse to small businesses evident
in rulemaking. Without significant changes, the rulemaking process will
continue to delay many projects, from property expansion to permitting
Hill staff expect the three House bills will see floor action in
October or November. No action is expected in the Senate until next