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S. 1523: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017

About the bill

When the federal government creates laws for state or local governments to follow, but does not correspondingly provide money for those subsidiary levels to carry these new laws out, they’re nicknamed “unfunded mandates.”

A 1995 bill, the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, was passed under the Republican Congress and ordered public reporting for the estimated cost of unfunded mandates. However, several loopholes allowed many unfunded mandates to still get passed while avoiding the law’s transparency requirements. For example, many rules from regulatory agencies such as the EPA are exempt ...

Sponsor and status

Deb Fischer

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Nebraska. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2017
Length: 17 pages

Jul 10, 2017


Introduced on Jul 10, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 10, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

See Instead:

H.R. 50 (same title)
Passed House (Senate next) — Jul 13, 2018


Jul 10, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Ordered Reported

Passed Senate (House next)

Passed House

Signed by the President

S. 1523 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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