Verifiable Science Act

Verifiable Science Act


In order to protect citizens from arbitrary and capricious regulations promulgated without any impetus that is justified by pertinent, ascertainable, and peer-reviewed science, this act guarantees citizens the right to access scientific data that is used to develop public policies.

 Model Legislation:

SECTION 1.{Title} This act shall be known as the Verifiable Science Act.

SECTION 2.{State rights.}Citizens have a right to access data from state funded studies in whole or in part, that are used for development of state law or regulation or enforcement action. Any regulations promulgated by the results of such studies shall be justified by pertinent, ascertainable, and peer-reviewed science.

SECTION 3.{State responsibilities.} Any scientific documentation, statistics, reports, or research must be made available to the public through (provisions of the state Freedom of Information Act) whenever such scientific data is used, in part or in whole, as the basis for proposed statutes, regulations, guidance documents, policy statements, official reports, legislative studies, or any other pronouncements which might carry the weight of law or which might be intended to lead directly to new regulations or statutes.

SECTION 4.{Severability clause.}

SECTION 5.{Repealer clause.}

SECTION 6.{Effective date.}

 Approved by ALEC Board of Directors on January 2001.

Reapproved by ALEC Board of Directors on January 28, 2013.