S.1451 - RAILS Act115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 06/28/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/28/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1451 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/28/2017)
Railroad Advancement of Innovation and Leadership with Safety Act or the RAILS Act
This bill seeks to promote alternative approaches to railroad safety through self-regulation.
Specifically, the Department of Transportation (DOT) shall:
- before proposing or adopting a rule, consider an approach that specifies performance objectives rather than identifies or requires the specific manner of compliance that a regulated entity must adopt;
- before issuing a proposed rule, publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking unless the proposed rule is not likely to result in a "significant rule" (i.e., a rule that has an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or meets other specified criteria);
- before issuing any proposed rule or final rule, conduct a regulatory impact analysis to evaluate the proposed rule or final rule;
- by June 1, 2019, and at least every five years thereafter, complete a comprehensive review of the regulations, orders, and guidance documents issued; and
- include, in each significant rule prescribed on or after December 31, 2017, a framework for assessing the rule's effects.
DOT may waive compliance with any part of a regulation prescribed or order issued if the waiver: (1) is in the public interest; (2) requires the recipient to adopt an alternative technology, practice, or system that could achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than that which would be obtained in the absence of the waiver; and (3) includes a DOT-approved evaluation framework.