H.R. 1557: Plain Regulations Act of 2013

Apr 15, 2013
Referred to Committee on Apr 15, 2013
1% chance of being enacted
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 15, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Apr 15, 2013
Reported by Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by the President
Bruce Braley
Representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district
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Apr 15, 2013
6 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 3786 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 18, 2012

S. 807 (Related)
Plain Writing Act for Regulations of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 24, 2013

Full Title

To ensure clarity of regulations to improve the effectiveness of Federal regulatory programs while decreasing burdens on the regulated public.


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3% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

3 cosponsors (3D) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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Plain Regulations Act of 2013 - Requires the head of each executive agency to: (1) implement a program for using plain language in writing new and revised regulations, and (2) certify to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that each proposed or final rule is in plain language.
Requires the Director to: (1) publish agency certifications of compliance with plain language requirements on OMB's website, and (2) return proposed agency regulations that fail to meet such requirements to be redrafted and resubmitted for approval.
Denies jurisdiction to any court to review compliance or noncompliance with any provision of this Act.

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