H.R. 3257 (112th): Regulatory Time-Out Act of 2011

Oct 25, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Richard Hanna
Representative for New York's 24th congressional district
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This bill was introduced on October 25, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Oct 25, 2011
Referred to Committee Oct 25, 2011
Full Title

To provide for a time-out on certain regulations, and for other purposes.


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5 cosponsors (5R) (show)

House Oversight and Government Reform

Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs

House Judiciary

Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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Regulatory Time-Out Act of 2011 - Prohibits covered regulations from being in effect or from taking effect during the period beginning on the enactment of this Act and ending on January 21, 2013 (time-out period). Prohibits publication of any general notice of a proposed rulemaking for what would be a covered regulation, and nullifies a rulemaking that was published but for which the comment period did not expire before enactment of this Act, during such period.
Defines a "covered regulation" as a final regulation that did not take effect before September 1, 2011, that increases costs on businesses in a manner that will have an adverse effect on job creation, job retention, productivity, competitiveness, or the efficient functioning of the economy and that is likely to:
(1) have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
(2) adversely affect in a material way the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or state, local, or tribal governments or communities;
(3) create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action by another agency;
(4) materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients; or
(5) raise novel legal or policy issues.
Exempts regulations that are required by law. Allows agency heads to exempt covered regulations that: (1) are necessary due to an imminent threat to human health or safety or any other emergency; (2) are necessary to enforce criminal laws, (3) foster private sector job creation; (4) encourage economic growth; (5) reduce regulatory burdens; (6) pertain to a military or foreign affairs function; or (7) are limited to interpreting, implementing, or administering the Internal Revenue Code.

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