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S. 2296 (115th): GOOD 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?


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 non-binding advice issued by the government. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined in December that these “guidance” documents hold the same legal sway as rules or regulations.

What the bill does

The GOOD Act [H.R. 4809 + …

Sponsor and status

Ron Johnson

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Wisconsin. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2018
Length: 10 pages
Jan 11, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 14, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


4 Cosponsors (4 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

The House Passes Walker's GOOD Act to Help NC Employers and Force Federal Agencies to Make Regulatory Guidance Transparent
    — Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6, 2015-2020] on Sep 26, 2018

Oversight Committee Approves Walker's GOOD Act to Force Government Agencies to Post Regulatory Guidance Documents Online
    — Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6, 2015-2020] on Mar 16, 2018

Walker Introduces Bill to Help Businesses and Force Government Agencies to Post Regulatory Guidance Documents Online
    — Rep. Mark Walker [R-NC6, 2015-2020] on Jan 16, 2018

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Jan 11, 2018

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Feb 14, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Jun 7, 2018
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

S. 2296 (115th) was 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2296. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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