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Press Release Published: Feb 9, 2023

Comer Introduces Legislation to Shine the Light on Regulatory Guidance

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) introduced H.R. 890, the Guidance Out of Darkness (GOOD) Act, which requires agencies to publish their regulatory guidance on the Internet in a single, easily accessible location. By requiring guidance documents to be published in a central location, the legislation would greatly improve transparency for the public and small businesses seeking to know how agencies interpret the laws with which they must comply.     

“Behind closed doors, federal bureaucrats have often pushed unfair and burdensome interpretations of laws and regulations on the American people. To make matters even worse, Americans often struggle to comply with the law because just accessing and locating regulatory guidance documents can be nearly impossible. My legislation, the Guidance Out of Darkness Act, rights this wrong by requiring federal agencies to centrally publish guidance in an easily accessible, online location,” said Chairman Comer. “Laws shouldn’t be implemented based on guidance that’s kept in the dark. This simple solution would greatly increase transparency and give Americans clarity they deserve.”

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) will lead the Senate companion. Original cosponsors of the bill are Representatives Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Russel Fry (R-S.C.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), and Pete Sessions (R-Texas).

Read the bill text HERE.