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H.R. 712, the "Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act"

Groups strongly support efforts by the House of Representatives to make federal agencies more accountable to the American public and improve the transparency of agency actions.


January 6, 2016


The 250 undersigned groups strongly support efforts by the House of Representatives to make federal agencies more accountable to the American public and improve the transparency of agency actions. The federal rulemaking process was founded on principles of open government and public participation.

We are pleased, therefore, that the House is voting on a comprehensive regulatory reform bill, H.R. 712, the "Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act," which would take important steps to stop the abusive practice known as "sue and settle" and give the public and affected parties a greater ability to know about potential rulemakings and to participate.

H.R. 712 embodies several major principles of accountability, transparency, and fairness, drawn directly from three regulatory reform bills:

ï‚· Title I – the "Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act." Behind closed doors, organizations and agencies enter into consent decrees or settlement agreements compelling the agencies to issue rules on an expedited timeframe. The states and the public are not given notice of the lawsuits, nor do they have a meaningful voice in the process, despite the adverse impact that rushed, sloppy regulations have on them. This title would improve the "sue and settle" process by requiring agencies to give early notice and take public comment on proposed settlement agreements obligating agencies to initiate a rulemaking or take other action on a specified timetable. These settlement agreements allow interest groups to commandeer an agency's agenda and regulatory priorities. The bill would allow affected parties to get notice of draft settlements and provide some opportunity to participate.

ï‚· Title II – the "All Economic Rules are Transparent (ALERT) Act." This title would require agencies to disclose rulemakings the agency plans to propose or finalize to OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). OIRA would disseminate information about these planned rules to the public, including their estimated costs and benefits.

ï‚· Title III – the "Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act." This title would require federal agencies to notify the public of proposed rules each month by posting a brief, plain-English summary of each proposed regulation on

Taken together, these reforms would help Congress to reassert control over federal regulatory agency actions that have become opaque, unaccountable, and often unfair. Congress must perform its critical role as overseer of the federal agencies.

The undersigned groups strongly support H.R. 712, the "Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act," and its comprehensive approach to regulatory reform. We urge you to pass this important bill.



Alabama Forestry Association

Business Council of Alabama

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce


Alaska Chamber

Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce


Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Arizona Mining Association

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce

Marana Chamber of Commerce

Tucson Metro Chamber


Arkansas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (AIPRO)

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce

Associated Industries of Arkansas


American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association

California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA)

California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns

California Hotel & Lodging Association

Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce

Far West Equipment Dealers Association

Gateway Chambers Alliance

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Milk Producers Council

Motorcycle Industry Council

Orange County Business Council

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling of California

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership


Associated General Contractors of Colorado

Colorado Business Roundtable

Colorado Timber Industry Association

Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado

Western Energy Alliance


Connecticut Business & Industry Association

Gasoline & Automotive Service Dealers of America, Inc.


Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center


Associated Industries of Florida

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Florida Transportation Builders' Association

Orlando, Inc.


Georgia Chamber

Georgia Mining Association

Georgia Paper & Forest Products Association

Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association


Associated Logging Contractors, Inc. – Idaho

Idaho Trucking Association


American Foundry Society

Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce

ISSA--The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association

Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA)

Mason Contractors Association of America

National Roofing Contractors Association

Non-Ferrous Founders' Society

North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM)

North American Die Casting Association

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America


The Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce


Indiana Cast Metals Association (INCMA)

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Indiana Motor Truck Association


Ames Chamber of Commerce

Mason City Chamber of Commerce


Kansas Chamber of Commerce


Greater Louisville Inc.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Coal Association

Kentucky Forest Industries Association

Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association


Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)

Louisiana Landowners Association

Louisiana Oil & Gas Association


Flexible Packaging Association

Maryland Asphalt Association, Inc.

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association


Metro South Chamber of Commerce


AGC of Michigan

Associated Wire Rope Fabricators

Foundry Association of Michigan

Michigan Chamber of Commerce


Associated General Contractors of Minnesota

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce


Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association

Mississippi Propane Gas Association


Equipment Dealers Association

Missouri Chamber

Missouri Grocers Association

Missouri Pest Management Association

National Corn Growers Association

Western Equipment Dealers Association


Billings Chamber of Commerce

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

Montana Chamber of Commerce

Montana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association


Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry


Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada

New Jersey

Morris County Chamber of Commerce

New Jersey Business & Industry Association

New Jersey Motor Truck Association

New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce

New Mexico

New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association

New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.

New York

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

North Country Chamber of Commerce

Northeastern Retail Lumber Association

North Carolina

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

North Dakota

Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce

Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association

Dickinson Area Builders Association

Forx Builders Association

Greater North Dakota Chamber

Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead

Minot Association of Builders

North Dakota Association of Builders

Williston Area Builders Association


Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association

Forging Industry Association

Heating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)

Industrial Fasteners Institute

National Tooling and Machining Association

Ohio Cast Metals Association (OCMA)

Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Ohio Forestry Association

Ohio Trucking Association

Precision Machined Products Association

Precision Metalforming Association

Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber


Gas Processors Association

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association

The State Chamber of Oklahoma

Tulsa Regional Chamber


Associated Oregon Industries

Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce

Oregon Retail Council

Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County


Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Pennsylvania Forest Products Association

Pennsylvania Foundry Association

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association

Printing Industries of America

Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce

The Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association Inc.

South Carolina

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB

South Carolina Timber Producers Association

South Dakota

Black Hills Forest Resource Association

Intermountain Forest Association


Johnson City, TN Chamber of Commerce

National Cotton Council

Tennessee Cattlemen's Association

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Tennessee Paper Council


American Loggers Council

Consumer Energy Alliance

Electronic Security Association (ESA)

Laredo Chamber of Commerce

Longview Chamber of Commerce

McAllen Chamber of Commerce

Texas Association of Business

Texas Cast Metals Association

Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA)

Texas Wildlife Association


Salt Lake Chamber

Utah Mining Association


American Composites Manufacturers Association

American Feed Industry Association

American Subcontractors Association, Inc.

American Trucking Associations

American Wood Council

AMT- The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Automotive Recyclers Association

Brick Industry Association

Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT)

Council of Industrial Boiler Owners

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Independent Electrical Contractors

Meat Import Council of America

National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Convenience Stores

National Renderers Association

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

Petroleum Marketers Association of America

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Truck Renting and Leasing Association

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Forest Products Association


American Exploration & Mining Association

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce

Washington Cattle Feeders Association

Washington Retail Association

Washington D.C.

Agricultural Retailers Association

American Coatings Association

American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Forest & Paper Association

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

American Highway Users Alliance

American Iron and Steel Institute

American Petroleum Institute

American Public Gas Association

American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Associated Builders and Contractors

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International

Independent Petroleum Association of America

Industrial Energy Consumers of America

Industrial Minerals Association - North America

Institute of Makers of Explosives

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

National Black Chamber of Commerce

National Council of Textile Organizations

National Federation of Independent Business

National Grain and Feed Association

National Industrial Sand Association

National Lumber

and Building Material Dealers Association

National Mining Association

National Oilseed Processors Association

North American Meat Institute

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

Treated Wood Council

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

United States Hide, Skin and Leather Association

Vinyl Building Council

Vinyl Institute

Window and Door Manufacturers Association

West Virginia

West Virginia Chamber

West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association


Greater Green Bay Chamber

Midwest Food Processors Association

Wisconsin Cast Metals Association

Wisconsin Grocers Association

Wisconsin Industrial Energy

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce



Association of Wyoming

Wyoming Rural Electric Association

Wyoming Stock Growers Association