Resolution in Support of the Regulations from the Executive In Need Of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States of America charges the Congress with all legislative powers; and

 WHEREAS,Members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate have excessively delegated that power to the executive branch with little oversight, review, or meaningful accountability; and

WHEREAS, the results of that delegation is an annual regulatory burden of $1.75 trillion upon American  families and businesses according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy; and

WHEREAS, Congressman Geoff Davis [KY-04], Senator Rand Paul [R-KY] and many of their colleagues have introduced the REINS Act as H.R. 10 and S. 299 in the U.S. House and Senate respectively; and

WHEREAS,the REINS Act would require that Congress must pass a joint resolution of approval to be signed by the President for each new majorregulation proposed by the executive branch before it may be enforced against the American people; and

WHEREAS, the REINS Act also retains existing law permitting Congress to disapprove non-major regulations (5 USC 801-808) to ensure that Congressional accountability is present for every federal regulation; and

WHEREAS,the REINS Act effectively limits the scope of regulation-making permission granted to the executive branch; and

WHEREAS, the REINS Act’s required accountability will improve the quality of federal regulations by reintroducing the importance of input from elected representatives into the regulation-making process; and

WHEREAS, enactment of the REINS Act would ensure that the greatest regulatory burdens on our economy are both necessary and required by the electorate; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF {insert state}, That we hereby call upon {insert state}’s Delegation to the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives to cosponsor and support passage of the REINS Act.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution will be provided to each member of {insert state}’s Congressional Delegation.

Approved by ALEC Board of Directors on July 2012.

Keyword Tags: Energy Environment and Agriculture Task Force, Regulation, REINS Act