Score Card on Late White House Rules Changes

Bush administration pushes through midnight regulations
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 21, 2008 8:28 AM CST
President George W. Bush waits to deliver his remarks on aviation congestion and transportation safety, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at the Transportation Department in Washington.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – With the  Bush White House pushing through a raft of last-minute rules, the nonprofit journalism group ProPublica offers a running list, with the status of each:

  • Business-friendly safety regulations would loosen restrictions on exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace.
  • Local police would get increased surveillance ability.
  • Loaded guns would be allowed in some national parks.

  • Health care providers would have to show they’re not discriminating against employees who refuse to perform abortions on moral grounds.
  • Investment-firm employees could give advice to clients, even if employees have a financial stake in the matter.
  • Federal agencies could decide for themselves, without independent scientific review, whether development projects threaten endangered species.
  • A drinking-water contaminant would not require regulation.
Click on the link for more proposals and details.