On July 12th of this year, the House passed the “Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016”, a bill that would fundamentally change the meaning behind both the Chevron and Auer deference doctrines. One of the bill’s sponsors, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, believes the act will bring accountability to the agency regulatory process and allow courts the final say in interpretation of federal laws. Opponents feel that this judicial deference act limits federal regulatory agencies ability to safeguard the American public’s health and safety. The next step is for the bill to go before the Senate.
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