Every year, new rules and regulations are made and interpreted by the federal agencies that make up the American regulatory state. These rules and regulations fill some 74,000 pages of the Federal Register and serve as a hidden tax on the American people who pay for regulations in the form of higher taxes and fewer economic opportunities. The continuous creation of rules by federal agencies often disregards the will of Congress and pushes the boundaries of their statutory missions.
Fortunately, that may be about to change. On May 1, the Supreme Court of the United States announced it would hear Loper Bright Enterprises et al. v. Raimondo, which deals with a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) rule on fishery inspectors. This rule would force fishermen to invite federal inspectors on their ships to observe operations and require them to compensate the inspectors for their time. Unsurprisingly, fishing company Loper Bright Enterprises decided to appeal the case to SCOTUS. The court’s decision to accept this appeal could signal the justices’ willingness to revisit a nearly 40-year-old legal doctrine established in the landmark 1984 court case Chevron U.S.A. v. Natural Resources Defense Council , which the NMFS has used to justify its new rule.
This article was published in full at the Washington Examiner here.
Nathanael Scherer is a policy analyst with the American Consumer Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization. For more information about the Institute, visit us on www.TheAmericanConsumer.Org or follow us on Twitter @ConsumerPal.