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S. 578 (115th): BEST Act

About the bill

The Better Evaluation of Science and Technology Act would require federal agencies to be more transparent about the science sources they use when crafting regulations.

“This bill requires each agency, before making a rule that would affect all Americans, to use the ‘best available’ science,” lead House sponsor Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC5) said in a press release. “No longer are rules going to be made by Federal agencies behind closed doors and unavailable to Congress and the public.”

“Since 2009, the operational cost of our nation’s regulations exceeds $100 billion annually. Many times, Congress, as well as the American people, can be left in the dark on these why these regulations were made,” Norman continued. “The BEST Act would reverse this long-standing course of action and show why and …

Sponsor and status

James Lankford

Sponsor. Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Mar 8, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 8, 2017, 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).


2 Cosponsors (2 Republicans)



Mar 8, 2017

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S. 578 (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. 578. 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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