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April 25, 2011

Weeks 12 & 13 – Our 21st-Century Regulatory System

We continue to monitor the progress being made on President Obama’s “21st-Century Regulatory System” initiative intended to not only promote “economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation," but also to “root out regulations that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb,” and yet at the same time “won't shy away from addressing obvious gaps.” 

Friday, April 15

It’s all relativism, er, we mean relative.

Proclamations

It is wholly fitting that the President should on the same day recognize not only one of the single most defining events in our nation’s history, but also the Civil War.

Yes, but how do you feel?

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Experiment To Evaluate Risk Perceptions of Produce Growers, Food Retailers, and Consumers After a Food Recall Resulting From a Foodborne Illness Outbreak.

…After reading the news article, participants will complete a questionnaire  assessing their emotional response, appraisals, attribution of responsibility, perceptions about the safety of the affected produce...

Monday, April 18

We’re from the government…

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

Grapes Grown in Designated Area of Southeastern California; Increased Assessment Rate

SUMMARY: This rule increases the assessment rate established for the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee.

Like all government-sponsored programs keeping a watchful eye on industry, the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee is intended to ensure the public has a voice and its interests are properly represented. You can tell this by the fact that the 12-member board of the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee consists of 11 representatives of the desert grape industry, and 1 representative of “the public:”

The California Desert Grape Administrative Committee is comprised of 12 members, with each member having one alternate. Five members and their alternates shall be producers or officers or employees of producers (producer members). Five members and their alternates shall be handlers or officers or employees of handlers (handler members). One member and alternate shall be either a producer or handler or officer or employee thereof, and one member and alternate shall represent the public.

Thursday, April 21

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

Proposed Fort Ross-Seaview Viticultural Area; Comment Period Reopening

AGENCY: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Treasury.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; comment period reopening. Four commenters, all owners or operators of Sonoma County wineries and vineyards, opposed the establishment of the Fort Ross-Seaview viticultural area as outlined in Notice No. 34. Stating that their vineyards, all located to the north of the proposed Fort Ross-Seaview viticultural area, have the same viticultural characteristics as those found within the proposed area, these four commenters requested that TTB delay a final decision on the establishment of the Fort Ross-Seaview viticultural area so that they could gather additional evidence to support their contention that the proposed viticultural area should be expanded to include their properties.

Perhaps more than anything else, this makes clear why we have to raise taxes to address our budget deficit. There just isn’t any fat left to cut.

Friday, April 22

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Referendum Procedures

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

SUMMARY: This rule establishes procedures for conducting a referendum to determine whether issuance of a proposed Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order) is favored by domestic manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber.

See above.

J.

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Comments

What is a "desert grape"?

Posted by: TheOldMan | Apr 26, 2011 1:11:57 PM

It's what they use to make dry wine.

(rim shot)

Posted by: Planet Moron | Apr 26, 2011 2:30:21 PM

Not sure how you refrained from making any jokes about people who perform "softwood research"...

Posted by: Marty | Apr 28, 2011 9:23:44 PM

Hey, I run a clean blog here. Also, I didn't think of it.

Posted by: Planet Moron | Apr 29, 2011 10:53:47 AM

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