by Kathleen Hartnett White, Josiah Neeley
Texas Public Policy Foundation
August 15, 2013
While environmentalists were unable to increase the regulatory burden on the Texas economy, efforts to reform current environmental regulations, to impose systemic checks on agency action, or to streamline the permitting process were similarly stymied. Legislation to require economic impact analysis of all proposed environmental rules, did not pass. By requiring a straightforward estimate of cost and of anticipated environmental results, the bill would throw light on regulations with high cost but with low to immeasurable benefit. Properly used, this form of regulatory impact analysis is a basic tool to preserve limited government. The bill passed the Senate but failed in the House Committee.