Committee Announces Hearing Addressing the Risk of Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program
- Mr. Seto Bagdoyan, Director, Audit Services, Forensic Audits & Investigative Service, Government Accountability Office
- Commissioner Chris Nelson, Commissioner, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
- Ms. Deborah Collier, Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy, Citizens Against Government Waste
- Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law
*Witness list subject to change
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.
Florida Supreme Court, Casting Separation of Powers Aside, Invalidates Medical Malpractice Damages Limits
WASHINGTON – Last week, Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council, acknowledged the Administration’s efforts to ease the regulatory burden on small businesses in an SBE Council article. These efforts coincide with the House Small Business Committee’s efforts over the past several years that have helped provide certainty and encouraged entrepreneurship. Ms. Kerrigan, however, explained that small businesses are still waiting for long-lasting regulatory relief, especially through the passage of S. 584, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act. A similar bill was authored by House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and passed the House on January 11, 2017.
What About Small Business Regulatory Reform?
By Karen Kerrigan
“From the first full day President Trump took office until now, the Administration has focused on removing regulatory impediments and overreach that are hurting our economy and its small businesses. A series of executive orders, Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions signed by the President (14 in total), as well as specific actions by the agencies to roll back or review some of the more onerous rulemakings under the Obama Administration have made a significant difference in bringing certainty and lower costs for many businesses,” said Kerrigan.
The article goes on to explain that the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act “updates the Regulatory Flexibility Act and closes loopholes used by rule writers to avoid complying with steps that protect small businesses from rash or one-size-fits-all regulations. It would make federal agencies account for a full and complete economic impact of their proposed regulations (direct and indirect costs); include IRS rulemakings for analysis; require full transparency as to why a rule was drafted, how it was drafted, and the real impact on small businesses; review old rules currently on the books; and waive certain fines for first-time paperwork violations.”
“This is a critical bill for Main Street, as large companies have their K Street outposts to comb through the Federal Register on a daily basis and intervene with regulators on their behalf. S.584 embeds common sense steps in proposed federal rulemakings, which systematically protect startups and small firms from overreaching regulatory efforts.”To read the full SBE Council article, click HERE.
Army Corps of Engineers and EPA Announce Public Meetings to Discuss the Definition of “Waters of the United States”
On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a schedule of public meetings to discuss the Definition of “Waters of the United States”, including teleconferences tailored to specific sectors. EPA and the Corps will be conducting specific small entity outreach via a teleconference on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). Interested parties should RSVP to Joan B.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in St. Louis, Missouri
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday September 12th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in St. Louis, Missouri at the Marriott St. Louis Grand – 800 Washington Avenue. The event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Time.
Advocacy Invites Small Businesses to Attend Ohio Roundtables
Les Davies Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 5
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Lexington, Kentucky
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday July 31st, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Lexington, Kentucky with U.S. House Representative Andy Barr in attendance. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Cleveland, Ohio
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday August 3rd, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Cleveland, Ohio. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Hilton Downtown.