H.R. 3277 (104th): Regulatory Accountability Act of 1996

Apr 18, 1996 (104th Congress, 1995–1996)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Lamar Smith
Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district
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Apr 18, 1996
10 pages
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H.R. 1591 (105th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 14, 1997


This bill was introduced on April 18, 1996, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Apr 18, 1996
Referred to Committee Apr 18, 1996
Full Title

To ensure congressional approval of the amount of compliance costs imposed on the private sector by regulations issued under new or reauthorized Federal laws.


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45 cosponsors (37R, 6D, 2D) (show)

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Regulatory Accountability Act of 1996 - Amends the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 with regard to Federal mandates to make it out of order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any new or reauthorized measure (controlled private regulatory legislation) imposing costs on the private sector of $100 million or more (controlled Federal private sector mandate) unless it specifies a regulatory cost authorization for each such mandate of the dollar amount of private sector costs authorized to result from implementing or enforcing regulations.
Requires the Congressional Budget Office to estimate the costs of mandate compliance for each measure reported by an authorization committee.
Prohibits the total amount of private sector compliance costs from exceeding the regulatory cost authorization for a covered law.
Prohibits a proposed covered regulation from taking effect unless the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has certified in the Federal Register that its implementation will not violate the first prohibition.
Exempts from such prohibitions any regulation which the President finds is necessary because of an emergency.
Requires such estimates to be publicly available for each covered law.

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