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S. 578 (115th): BEST Act

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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 ...

Sponsor and status

James Lankford

Sponsor. Junior 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 was not enacted.


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.

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

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