WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General
Leslie Rutledge announced that she has joined a coalition, which includes 15
states, that is asking Congress to better regulate and, when necessary, rein in
federal agencies’ recent regulation expansions.
The attorneys generals in the coalition believe that federal
agencies often act outside of the bounds given to them by congressionally
delegated authority. They cite agencies with circumventing laws by making rules
in the form of “guidance” documents. Rutledge and others also think that the
agencies fail to consider the costs of these regulations.
“Unfortunately, many recent federal regulations have
violated the Administrative Procedure Act, not to mention the underlying
congressional statute,” Rutledge said. “These rules are often implemented
without the benefit of a comment period or the consideration of their impact on
citizens or businesses, which is a protection against unnecessary rules that
Congress specifically envisioned and required.”
Rutledge noted that she will continue to protect citizens in
her state from agencies that are not engaged in transparent rulemaking
consistent with the separation of powers.
The states of states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia,
Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas,
Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin are involved in the coalition.