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H.R. 4809: Guidance Out Of Darkness Act

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About the bill

Should de facto regulations, which were adopted under a less circuitous process, be centralized for the public to read — in a way that might make them easier for Congress to repeal?

Context

The Obama Administration would often have its federal agencies eschew official “rules” or “regulations” by instead issuing “guidance” or “statements of policy.” Technically these were able to avoid the bureaucratic requirements associated with issuing “rules” or “regulations” which have to go through a more cumbersome process including public comment.

These guidance documents are supposed to be voluntary and ...

Sponsor and status

Mark Walker

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2018
Length: 8 pages
Introduced:

Jan 16, 2018

Status:

Passed House (Senate next) on Sep 26, 2018

This bill passed in the House on September 26, 2018 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Prognosis:

30% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

History

Jan 16, 2018
 
Introduced

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Mar 15, 2018
 
Ordered Reported

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Sep 21, 2018
 
On House Schedule

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Sep 25, 2018
 
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

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Sep 26, 2018
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

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Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

H.R. 4809 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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