ARTBA, in a January 12 letter signed by 161 trade associations, called on the House of Representatives to pass legislation aimed at reforming federal agencies’ rulemaking processes by improving how regulations with significant economic impacts are written.  Specifically, H.R. 185, the “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015,” would require agencies to choose the “least-cost” method of regulation unless it can be shown public health and safety requires a more costly approach. The legislation will increase opportunities for public participation before the most costly regulations are proposed, and restrict the use of “interim” final regulations while proposed rules are undergoing legal challenges.  The measure passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 250 to 175 January 13 and now heads to the Senate.  The Obama Administration has indicated it will veto the legislation.