Legislation

Defining “Assault Weapons”

Attempts to regulate “assault weapons” will be futile as long as the term lacks a clear definition.

Limitations of Federal Gun Regulation

Existing and proposed federal regulations on gun dealers are inadequate.

Regulating Sober Living Homes

Public officials and sober living home operators dispute whether sober living homes need more oversight.

Allowing Students to Access Sunscreen Without Restriction

Legislatures reconsider whether students can access sunscreen in school without a doctor’s note.

Regulating by Way of Straws

California legislator proposes regulating straw use in certain restaurants to reduce plastic waste.

Regulatory Reform Should Be About Strengthening Legislative Responsibility

Countries like Australia and Canada offer models for reining in delegation of lawmaking authority to agencies.

Do Occupational Licenses Exacerbate the Prison-to-Poverty Pipeline?

Expert argues that occupational licensing reform will unlock the economic potential of former prisoners.

When Federal Agencies Do Not Answer to Courts

Scholar examines how agencies operate independently of courts through rulemaking and legislative drafting.

Potential Legislative Developments in the Regulatory State in 2017

The 115th Congress brings great promise for the Republican agenda, although not all planned reforms will happen overnight.

Congress Takes Aim at Gag Clauses in Form Contracts

Bill would crack down on clauses that ban consumers from writing negative online reviews.

Combatting External and Internal Regulatory Capture

External and internal capture may be reduced through a more logical division of labor between Congress and agencies.

When Politicians Are Not Experts, Agencies Step In

ACUS report addresses best practices for agency involvement in drafting legislation.