The $1.1 trillion 2016 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last week includes many legislative provisions, often called policy “riders,” that will affect a wide array of issues ranging from repealing food labeling laws to allowing children to sled on Capitol Hill. The major policy rider included in the omnibus bill relating to CPSC activities essentially throws a monkey wrench into the agency’s ongoing rulemaking process for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs).
The CPSC planned to issue a final rule for ROVs in 2016 that would address vehicle stability, handling, occupant protection, and other safety concerns. The ROV industry opposed the CPSC’s rulemaking effort based on data gaps it believed belied the proposed rule and the desire for the safety concerns to be addressed through the voluntary standards process.
After lobbying from the ROV industry, Congress included a policy rider (a modification of previously introduced legislation called the RIDE Act) as a part of the 2016 omnibus bill. The statutory language included in the rider prohibits CPSC from finalizing its ROVs rulemaking until the National Academy of Sciences, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Department of Defense complete a study to determine: Continue Reading Congress Erects Hurdle for CPSC’s Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Rulemaking in 2016 Omnibus Bill