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U.S. House Passes Sleep Apnea Bill Requiring Formal Rulemaking

Friday, September 27, 2013  
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The U.S. House Thursday, Sept. 26, passed 405-0 its version of the so-called sleep apnea bill, a two-page piece of legislation that would bar the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from using guidance on sleep disorder screening rules for carriers and instead require the agency to use the formal rulemaking process if it were to take action. The bill does not require that FMCSA take any action on sleep disorder screening, however. It only requires that if the agency pursues any action, it do so via the rulemaking process.