Regulations

The Truth about Urban Sprawl

Urban sprawl has sparked a national debate over land-use policy. At least 19 states have established either state growth-management laws or task forces to protect farmland and open space. Dozens of ci…

Suing Gun Manufacturers: Hazardous to Our Health

The lawsuits against gun manufacturers are not just bad public policy, they are also dubious as matters of law. The courts have recognized that firearms are no different from many other potentially da…

Regulating the Regulators: The 1997 Regulatory Improvement Act

In 1997 the federal government, which had demanded that manufacturers equip new cars and vans with passenger-side air bags, did an about-face. Until 1997, government regulators had claimed air bags wo…

Who's Afraid of Patient Choice?

Should patients, in consultation with their physicians, be allowed to make their own health care decisions? Or must bureaucrats protect patients from themselves and their doctors? These questions are…

Will Minivans Become an Endangered Species?

A casual glance at the nation's highways shows that much has changed in the last 25 years. The changes include fewer large family cars on the road, a dramatic increase in the number of light trucks an…

Speak No Good: The Tragedy of FDA Gag Rules

Sharing information about new drugs and new uses for old drugs is an essential part of physicians' quest to cure disease and save lives. Unfortunately, the federal government often stands in the way.

Five Steps to Effective Regulatory Reform

Congress should take five more steps toward meaningful regulatory reform. The first involves revisiting and improving the reforms Congress has made. The last four represent a sharp break with the past…

The Meat Inspection Debate

Government regulation prohibit measures that could make our food safer.