On July 14, the House of Representatives passed the Federal Register Modernization Act, H.R. 4195. This bill removes the statutory requirement to print the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the indexes for these materials.

The Federal Register and the CFR are among the most essential documents of the United States Executive Branch. The Federal Register is the daily legal newspaper of the federal government. The CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies.

You should oppose H.R. 4195 because:

1. Members of the public must be able to access the Federal Register and CFR in print. A recent survey by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) reveals that people continue to rely on print.

2. Eliminating the indexes to the Federal Register and CFR would remove essential finding aids. The indexes are necessary to quickly locate relevant information and provide meaningful access.

3. H.R. 4195 would result in less transparency. The Pew Research Center estimates that 15% of American adults do not use the internet. Even those who do use the internet, they struggle with performing an effective search. Therefore, the print version is still essential to access the government’s rules and regulations.

To help us oppose H.R. 4195, please use this form to share stories and anecdotes about how you use the Federal Register, CFR and their indexes in print. Your stories will be sent to the staff of AALL’s Government Relations Office, who will share them with the appropriate Senate staff. With your stories, we can defeat this bill.