EPA Rule Making Video Contest

Much of what the federal government is doing under the current administration has a surreal quality to it.  So it is with the EPA  inviting people to submit videos for the following contest.

This video contest provided an opportunity for the public to explain federal rulemaking and motivate others to participate in the rulemaking process. Entrants created a short video, not exceeding 90 seconds in length, explaining why rules are important, why the average American should care about federal regulations, and how people can participate in the rulemaking process.

The E-Rulemaking Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Regulatory and Policy Management (EPA) are reviewing entries now and plan to announce decisions in June. Should a winning video be selected, it will be posted on Regulations.gov as well as the EPA Web site. If eligible, the winners will be awarded $2,500, as well.

Reason tv in the video at the beginning of this post translates the video explaining the contest from govspeak into English.  Government, which is bankrupting up, is run by idiots who think this type of insult to the intelligence of tax payers is a really good idea.


2 Responses to EPA Rule Making Video Contest

  1. Elaine Krewer says:

    Although the notion of having a video contest with prizes to sing the praises of federal rulemaking is a bit outlandish to say the least– the fact is that the average American SHOULD care, far more than they do, about the federal and state rulemaking process, because that is where the “rubber hits the road” when it comes to enforcing or fleshing out the laws passed by Congress or state legislatures. (Of course I am a wee bit biased on this issue because my day job requires me to be intimately familiar with the state rulemaking process.)

    Rulemakings can make the difference between a law being fairly and consistently enforced and a law being enforced selectively or unjustly. A law, for example, may establish a scholarship program but leave it up to an agency to determine through rule how much each scholarship will be, what the eligibility criteria are, how and when applications will be taken, etc.

    Also, at both the state and federal levels, proposed rulemakings are subject to a period of public comment (60 days for federal rulemakings; for state rulemakings the time limit varies by state) before they can take effect. This is where, for example, Catholic hospitals and pro-life groups can make their concerns heard about regulations governing abortion or emergency contraception, businesses affected by a proposed fee increase can make known how it will affect them, professionals can weigh in on proposed new requirements for being licensed, etc.

    So while educating the public about the importance of the rulemaking process is IMO a good idea, the execution in this case leaves much to be desired.

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