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S. 522: Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act of 2021

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The federal government creates a lot of new rules and regulations. In 2020, a record 134 economically significant federal rules were created, defined as having an economic effect above $100 million.

These rules are usually written in “legal-ese,” not easily comprehensible to the layperson. This problem dates back to our country’s founding, as the Thomas Jefferson character rapped in Broadway’s Hamilton: “This financial plan is an outrageous demand / And it’s too many damn pages for any man to understand.”

Whether the U.S. institutes too many of these rules and regulations is a subject for another article. But as long as any federal rules and regulations are …

Sponsor and status

James Lankford

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 21, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Mar 2, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Ordered Reported on Mar 17, 2021

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on March 17, 2021.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


5 Cosponsors (3 Republicans, 2 Democrats)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 522 will be negligible.


Mar 2, 2021

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

Mar 17, 2021
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jun 21, 2021
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.

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Signed by the President

S. 522 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 522. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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