On Mondays, Rogan’s List features a listing of proposed rule and regulation changes that are currently accepting public comment. Commenting is the way to show government agencies how we feel about these proposed changes. Our comments also become part of a record that will be reviewed by courts if and when a reg change is contested. Courts use comments to judge whether an agency is acting arbitrarily and capriciously.
Section I – ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB
Section II – everything environmental – EPA, BLM, DOE
Section III – Civil rights, housing, education, healthcare
Other: More on regulations (tracking the trackers/general information)
(Note: After a couple of weeks items are moved from “Recent” and “Closing soon” into the Roman numeral sections. A note on regulatory processes: there are three stages – Notice, Proposed Rule, and Rule. There’s usually a time lag of a few months to a few years between them, and they must be published in the Federal Register before appearing on Regulations.gov. Comment time varies from 10 days to 2 months, sometimes with extensions.)
This week’s list – the HUD effort to allow community housing organizations (read homeless shelters) to turn away transgender people, LNG by rail now up as Rule and Proposed, both taking comment, but what jumps out besides the contrast between new regulations and the ongoing regulatory suspension in the wake of coronavirus, is the DACA notice and the Trump announcement on excluding undocumented people from the Census, crucial in determining congressional apportionment. And – among closing things, Census Advisory committee on Racial, Ethnic, and other populations nominations – takes on more importance in the light of this week’s actions.
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