The Regulatory Week in Review: July 10, 2015
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule to remove racial segregation within neighborhoods, a move that would impose requirements on cities across the country to track potential patterns of racial and ethnic disparities, among other obligations.
- The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the Student Success Act, which is aimed at rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act—a move that would shift much of the federal government’s current responsibilities over public education to the states.
- U.S. Congresswoman Lois Capps introduced legislation that would revise the U.S. Code to include gender-neutral terms, including by changing such words as “husband” and “wife” to “spouse” or “married couple.”
- The Oregon House of Representatives passed the Toxic-Free Kids Act, which would regulate toxic chemicals in children’s products by requiring that companies, among other things, disclose certain chemicals that are used in their products, and eventually remove those chemicals.
- The Third Circuit rejected a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the “total maximum daily load” (TMDL) of pollutants—a calculation of the maximum amount of pollutants that can be released into the Chesapeake Bay—holding that the Clean Water Act authorized the EPA’s action.