Federal Register (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
A daily publication that makes available to the public the rules, regulations, and other legal notices issued by federal administrative agencies.
Executive Orders and agency regulations were promulgated at a furious pace in the early days of the NEW DEAL under President FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, but there was no requirement that these regulations be centrally filed or regularly published. It became increasingly difficult to know which rules were in effect at any one time. Two important cases were pursued all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before it was discovered that the administrative regulations that the defendants were accused of violating were no longer in effect. Newspapers all over the country castigated the government for prosecuting people under non-existent laws.
The furor led to enactment in 1935 of the Federal Register Act, now part of 44 U.S.C.A. § 1501 et seq., a law that established the Federal Register as a daily gazette for the government. Orders from federal agencies or the EXECUTIVE BRANCH do not become effective until they have been published in the Federal Register. In 1937, the act was amended to create the CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, a set of paperback books that arrange effective regulations from the Federal Register by subject.
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