A newsletter covering regulatory reform efforts in Washington and across America, published by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 543-4110, Fax (202) 543-5975.
Issue #27 - September 26, 1995 * David A. Ridenour, Editor
Reform Needed to Save Teen Jobs to be Subject of October "Corrections Day."
The House of Representative's second "Corrections Day" -- a day set aside for the consideration of legislation that seeks to repeal outdated, useless and just plain dumb regulations -- will take up H.R. 1444, a bill introduced by Representatives Tom Ewing (R-IL) and Larry Combest (R-TX) that would allow 16- and 17-year-old grocery store employees to load safety device-equipped balers and compactors, thus saving teen jobs. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) has introduced a similar measure (S. 744) in the Senate. Since 1954, grocery employees under the age of 18 have been barred from "operating or assisting to operate" balers, machines used to crush cardboard, under Hazardous Occupation Order Number 12 (HO 12). Under the regulations, teens under the age of 18 are not even permitted to load these machines. HO 12 is a prime example of a regulation that is outdated: According to a 1954 Department of Labor report, the most serious risk posed by operation of baler was "for a person's arm to be caught by the descending plunger should someone else operate the control mechanism while paper was being manually placed in the baler." But these injuries can not occur with modern, safety device-equipped balers used by 90% of the nation's grocers. Teens are forced to pay a high price for the regulation -- reduced employment opportunities. For more information contact the Food Marketing Institute at (202)429-8243, Representative Tom Ewing's office at (202)225-2371, Representative Larry Combest's office at (202)225-4005, or Senator Larry Craig's office at (202)224-2752.
The EPA Riders -- Good for People, Good for the Environment
In July, the House approved H.R. 2099, the appropriations bill covering Veterans Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs and various other government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bill included 17 riders that would limit certain EPA activities. Since passage of H.R. 2099, there has been a well-orchestrated campaign to paint the riders as undemocratic and anti-environment. Citizens for Sensible Safeguards, a coalition of establishment labor, environmental and consumer groups, has labeled the riders "...a grotesque misuse of the budget process." The truth is that the EPA riders are neither an abuse of the budget process nor bad for the environment. To follow are talking points on the EPA riders to delineate between the regulation lobby's claims and the facts:
For more information about appropriations riders, contact the Competitive Enterprise Institute at (202)331-1010 or the Heritage Foundation at (202)546-4400.
Don't Neglect Those Who Support Regulatory Reform, Relief Advocates Say
Just as important as putting heat on Members of Congress who are either undecided or opposed to regulatory reform, according to regulatory relief advocates, is saying "thank you" to those Members who support reform. These Members will hear from the regulation lobby. House Members that advocates say should be thanked include (all 202 area code): Tom DeLay (R-TX), 225-0197; David McIntosh (R-IN), 225-3021; Randy Tate (R-WA), 225-8901; Jack Metcalf (R-WA), 225-2605; Linda Smith (R-WA), 225-3536; Richard Hastings (R-WA), 225-5816; Barbara Cubin (R-WY), 225-2311; Andrea Seastrand (R-CA), 225-3601; and Helen Chenoweth (R-ID), 225-6611. More in the next Relief Report.
State Government Wants Its Cut
Just when the Berg family was about to sell the 519 acres they inherited, California's Fish and Wildlife Department moved in for its cut. State bureaucrats demand that the Bergs not only pay for botanical and endangered species studies before selling, but that they give the state an easement of three acres for every acre developed.
"Putting People Back Into the Regulatory Equation"
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