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Administrative Law-Making

September 9, 1939

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The Logon-Walter Bill in Congress
Safeguards on the Rule-Making Power
Review of Administrative Decisions

The Logon-Walter Bill in Congress

A bill calling for drastic changes in the procedure of administrative agencies, offered in the Senate and House by Senator Logan (D., Ky.) and Rep. Walter (D., Pa.), will be taken up for final action soon after Congress reconvenes next year. Because of its potentially far-reaching effects on the regulatory activities of the federal government, the bill will be one of the most important measures to be considered during the regular session.

In spite of its great importance, the Logan-Walter bill was passed by the Senate without debate last July 18, after it had been called up under a unanimous-consent rule. On August 1, Senator Barkley (D., Ky.), majority leader, announced that he had discussed the matter with Senator Logan, who had withdrawn his objection to reconsideration of the previous action, with the understanding that the measure would be taken up early in the next session. Accordingly, a motion for reconsideration by Senator Minton (D., Ind.) was carried, and the bill was returned to the calendar.

Effort to Curtail Powers of Administrative Bodies

The Logan-Walter bill was drafted by the Special Committee on Administrative Law of the American Ear Association and was approved by the association's House of Delegates last January. Its purpose, according to the committee, is “to canalize administrative discretion …within banks of prevent such discretion from overflowing; that is, to prevent administrative absolutism …contrary to the genius of our legal and political institutions.”

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