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Regulatory Fairness Act


Small Business Regulatory Fairness Act

Extracted From:
SMALL BUSINESS REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT FAIRNESS ACT OF 1996


On March 29, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (Title II of Public Law 104-121). The purposes of this title are:

  • (1) to implement certain recommendations of the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business regarding the development and enforcement of Federal regulations;
  • (2) to provide for judicial review of chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code;
  • (3) to encourage the effective participation of small businesses in the Federal regulatory process;
  • (4) to simplify the language of Federal regulations affecting small businesses;
  • (5) to develop more accessible sources of information on regulatory and reporting
    requirements for small businesses;
  • (6) to create a more cooperative regulatory environment among agencies and small businesses that is less punitive and more solution-oriented;
  • (7) to make Federal regulators more accountable for their enforcement actions by
    providing small entities with a meaningful opportunity for redress of excessive enforcement activities.


The National Ombudsman for Small Business and Agriculture Enforcement web site,
http://www.sba.gov/ombudsman/ , contains links to detailed information on the act, agency contacts, fairness board contacts, guide to your rights, etc.