Reg Reform Bill Wins Endorsements

Published May 1, 1998

The Regulatory Improvement Act of 1998 has been endorsed by the nation’s most prominent state and local government organizations, including the Council of State Governments, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, and National Association of Counties.

Alliance USA, a coalition of nearly 1,000 small and large businesses, trade associations, and agricultural groups has endorsed the bill and is drumming up support. Paul R. Portney, president of Resources for the Future, and John D. Graham, director of the Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health, have endorsed the bill.

Even the Ann Arbor News, one of the country’s most liberal-leaning newspapers, cautiously endorsed “the concepts” contained in the bill. “Certainly,” the editors wrote last July, “government agencies are vulnerable to criticism when there is no review of cost and benefit.”