DOJ sues to enjoin immigration law, House committee mark-up of regulatory reform bill, proposed airport take-off tax, and more.
- The Department of Justice (DOJ) sued South Carolina to enjoin a state law that requires law enforcement officials to verify a person’s immigration status upon reasonable suspicion and makes it illegal for an immigrant to not carry a certificate of registration.
- The DOJ backed away from enacting a proposed rule affecting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests due to criticism about a provision that would require an agency, when faced with an inquiry about a document that met certain FOIA exclusions, to respond as if the document did not exist. See related The Regulatory Review essay.
- The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee voted to subpoena internal White House documents on the failed California solar company Solyndra.
- The House Judiciary Committee approved the Regulatory Accountability Act by a vote of 16-6. See related The Regulatory Review essay.
- Several former public officials sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee supporting the Regulatory Accountability Act, praising its codification of cost-benefit analysis requirements. See related The Regulatory Review essay.
- The Chinese government appointed new financial regulators, selecting the securities regulator Shang Fulin to head the nation’s banking watchdog group. The Communist Party also named new leaders at the commissions overseeing the securities and insurance industries.
- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to file additional lawsuits against Wall Street firms for allegedly misleading investors in collateralized debt obligations, according to an interview in the Financial Times.
- A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation to stop Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of farm dust, which the EPA reportedly stated it does not intend to regulate specifically.
- The Department of Labor (DOL) extended the comment period on its proposed rule to update child labor regulations.