Until recently, efforts to bring about changes to the federal regulatory process have been confined almost exclusively to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. In the last few months, however, the Trump Administration has weighed in on the issue with a number of executive actions designed to achieve regulatory reform. And now, for the first time in recent memory, the Senate has also weighed in on the issue. On May 17, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs (HSGA) Committee passed and sent on to the full Senate for its consideration a number of regulatory reform bills that have not been considered in that chamber before.

While many of these proposals are contentious and still have a long way to go before becoming law, some have attracted bipartisan support, indicating that supporters may be able to overcome the Senate’s complex procedural rules which allow opponents to block legislation with just 41 out of 100 votes. NT Lakis staff has prepared a brief summary of the committee-approved bills that we believe will be of interest to employers.

Members of the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC) can read more here.