Regulation of any kind is a pressing issue and a strategic priority for the American Farm Bureau Federation (ABFB). In the recent weeks regulatory reform has had several developments.
BLM Planning 2.0
In the final days of the Obama Administration the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) passed a new rule, Planning 2.0. Planning 2.0 is specific to BLM-managed public lands. This rule incorporated numerous Obama-era presidential and secretarial orders along with internal agency guidance and policy documents, all of which were viewed as an overreach by Farm Bureau and others who support multiple use.
In section 1610 3-1 of Planning 2.0, BLM states, “it will collaborate with cooperating agencies as feasible and appropriate give their interests, scope of expertise and constraints of their resources.” The implied meaning of this language is that local input will most likely be overlooked.
Presidential Executive Order to Limit Regulation
President Trump’s Executive Order, signed on January 30, 2017, is a major development for supporters of local entities and users who are directly impacted in regulatory reform. The Executive Order deals with reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs. This executive order is seen as being a step in the right direction in terms of stopping agencies from finalizing any new rules in the 2017 fiscal year.
Legislation For Regulatory Reform
In a recent Nevada Farm Bureau blog post by, Doug Busselman, Executive Vice President, he explains the importance of the U.S. Senate creating a transparent plan for regulatory reform. He highlighted these points to be covered in a reform package:
Regulatory Reform Needs To Require Federal Agencies To-
- Guarantee a minimum 60-day comment period for stakeholders affected by major rules
- Require the use of sound science in developing regulations
- Require clear and challengeable information on how costs and benefits were evaluated for proposed rules
- Ensure that rulemaking processes are open, transparent and respectful of the rights of all affected parties as well as directly relate to authorized responsibilities of the agency, spelled out in law
- Be prevented from using social media or other means of self-promotion for effectively lobby in favor of their own regulatory proposals
Congressional Actions For Regulatory Reform Need To-
- Provide for greater congressional oversight of rules and for congressional approval of major rules
- Insist on explicit transparency and provide for greater accountability in data utilized in developing and finalizing regulations
- Restore equilibrium to the federal-state relationship by strengthening Federalism principles
- Reform the Equal Access to Justice Act where necessary and prevent abuses in sue-and-settle litigation
- Reinvigorate the role of judges in interpreting the law and do not leave it solely to agencies to interpret the law and their own regulations
With the U.S. House already passing a regulatory H.R. 5 bill it is important to reach out to our members in the U.S. Senate, encouraging their act in a regulatory reform.
An easy way to get in touch with your legislators is by using the Take Action section on the NVFB.org homepage. Getting involved in the regulatory campaign will help insure Nevada voices are heard.