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Length of CFR?

Started by dconra12, 01/05/2010 09:40PM
Posted 01/05/2010 09:40PM Opening Post
Does anyone know what the length of the CFR(Code of Federal Regulations)volumes are side by side on a shelf would be these days? In the 1960's the total was about 6 feet of shelf space. The last time I saw the the set in the federal bldg in Seattle in the 1980's it was about 30 feet long. It is now 2010 and are they even able to publish the CFR anymore?

"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of
their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or
so incoherent that they cannot be understood
; if they be repealed or revised
before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man
who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be
to-morrow." --James Madison (likely), Federalist No. 62, 1788
Posted 01/06/2010 05:23AM #1
I don't know the exact answer to your question, but I did hear a speech by a trial lawyer a couple of years ago that addressed the issue. According to the lawyer, individuals in the U.S. must now abide by over 100,000 federal statutes. The laws govern activities that range from automobiles to zoology, and crossing any one of them can get you a big fine, a trip to Club Fed, or both.

His point was this: if the Feds want to make a case and indict somebody, they can probably find some violation(s) of the CFR to justify it.

Jim McSheehy