House Passes Collins Sue and Settle Legislation

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The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act Advances to the Senate


WASHINGTON, Feb 27 –The House of Representatives today passed the first bill Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) introduced in Congress, H.R. 1493, The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act.


The bill was packaged with three other pieces of legislation aimed at stopping abuses in government power.  The total package came to the floor as H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency (ALERRT) Act. 


H.R. 1493 reforms the abusive “sue and settle” practices that result in federal bureaucracies producing more regulations as a result of legal action. 


Congressman Collins said, “Government regulations have become so burdensome and encompassing that no hardworking American can escape the costs.  If the Executive Branch is going to wield that kind of power, then everyone—not just special interests—deserves a seat at the table.  By throwing open the doors and windows of the back rooms where these sue and settle deals take place, we’re putting people at the center of this process.”


Because H.R. 1493 would require federal agencies to give notice when they learn of an impending lawsuit, it then gives all affected parties the opportunity to intervene so that one special interest group does not dominate the process. The bill requires the agencies to publish notices of proposed settlements in the Federal Register and respond to public comments, and it demands accountability by requiring agencies to show how a settlement agreement is consistent with the law.


While H.R. 1493 was the first bill Congressman Collins introduced, it is now the third Collins-authored piece of legislation to pass the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress.



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