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The Regulatory Week in Review: July 31, 2015

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  • In an effort to curtail the executive branch’s authority and increase transparency in the rulemaking process, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require Congressional approval of all new major regulations.
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) launched an investigation into the killing of Cecil, a well-known lion in Zimbabwe who was allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter after being lured out of a national park.
  • The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) proposed a rule intended to reduce the environmental impact of surface coal mining by amending current regulations to require a maximum level in permits above which mining causes “material damage” to the environment, and create new groundwater monitoring requirements, among other changes.
  • U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch introduced the Employee Rights Act, legislation which he says would “allow[ ] workers the liberty to maintain and embrace their rights as individuals in the workplace” by imposing new requirements on unions, including mandating secret ballots for elections concerning whether to unionize or strike.