Federalism Implications of Treating States as Stakeholders

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing Date: February 27, 2018 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To examine the roles of states in the federal decision-making process
  • To explore how federal agencies engage with states when implementing federal law and policies
BACKGROUND:
  • Existing practices do not adequately support the states’ role as partners in federal decision-making and policy administration, which, if embraced, could work to create smarter, less costly laws and regulation.
  • Executive Order 13132 on Federalism and the Unfunded Mandate Reform Act require federal agencies to consult with state and local officials early in the rulemaking process on policies impacting the federal-state relationship. Agencies frequently fail to fulfill this obligation, even when the federal policy will operate to preempt state law.
  • In May 2017, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of the Speaker’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs and named Rep. Rob Bishop as the Chairman. The task force has studied how federalism transcends political lines.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Gary Richard Herbert Governor of Utah Document
The Honorable Susana Martinez Governor of New Mexico Document
The Honorable Clement Leroy "Butch" Otter Governor of Idaho Document

Related Documents

Name Document
National Governors Association Statement Document
Western Governors Association Statement Document