Sunday, January 05, 2014

House Leaders Circulate Draft Legislation to End Duplicative and Outdated Regulations

House Financial Institutions Subcommittee Chair Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (D-NY) are circulating a discussion draft of bi-partisan legislation that would ensure that conflicting, inconsistent, duplicative or outdated regulations are regularly identified and addressed in order to reduce unwarranted regulatory burdens on financial institutions. The legislation would provide that, before issuing a rule or order, the SEC, the CFTC, the FDIC, the OCC, the CFPB and the Federal Reserve Board  would be required to consider the interaction between the proposed rule or order and existing federal regulations and orders, with a specific focus on whether the rule or order is in conflict with, inconsistent with, or duplicative of existing federal regulations and orders; and whether existing federal regulations and orders are outdated.

Under the measure, regulators would be required to take all available measures to resolve any duplicative or inconsistent existing regulation or order before issuing a final regulation or order. Finally, each regulator would be required to submit to Congress, within 60 days of making a determination, a report with recommendations of any federal laws or regulations that should be repealed or amended in order to resolve conflicting, inconsistent, duplicative or outdated laws and regulations