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Tracy Hester
Statutory Interpretation
and Regulation
LAW5397
Spring 2013

 



STATUTORY INTERPRETATION
AND REGULATION
LAW 3597

SPRING 2013
TUII 240

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

No. Date Topics Guest Speaker(s) Readings Comments and Reference Materials
1. January 14, 2013 Introduction  

Bressman et al., The Regulatory State, preface

Unless otherwise noted, all page references below are to Bressman.

Safe Parks and Responsible Vehicle Operation Act

Houston Chronicle article on interpretation of wind power tax credit legislation

2. January 16, 2013 The Legislative Process  

pp. 89-106

Texas Legislative Process Flowchart
3. January 21, 2013 NO CLASS - MLK Holiday  

 

 

4. January 23, 2013 Structure of Statutes  

Skim pp. 106 -129 for sense of structure and format of statute and committee report

pp. 129-139, 156-173

Presidential proposals for control of gun violence

Tracing of Firearms in Connection with Criminal Investigation

5. January 28, 2013

Agencies in the Structure of Modern Federal Government

 

pp. 1-34

The S.N.A.C.K. Act

6. January 30, 2013

Delegation to Agencies

 

pp. 139-156

Agenda for Session of Texas Commission of Environmental Quality

IRS to issue guidance on wind power tax credit

Sample FOIA Response

7. February 4, 2013 Statutory Interpretation by Courts -- Introduction  

pp. 175-188

The Incoherence of Antonin Scalia

 

8. February 6, 2013 Text-Based Tools   pp. 189-201

Statutory Interpretation Textual Tools Wiki

9. February 11, 2013

Textual Canons of Construction

 

pp. 201-213

 

10. February 13, 2013 Linguistic Canons  

pp. 213-227

Linguistic Canons PowerPoint

11.

February 18, 2013

NO CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20

Whole Act Canons and Whole Code Canons

 

pp. 227-239

Texas Code Construction Act

 

12.

February 22, 2013 at 9:00 am, in BLB 209

Substantive Canons: Rule of Lenity and Rule of Constitutional Avoidance

 

pp. 239-262

 

13.

February 25, 2013

Substantive Canons: Rule of Constitutional Avoidance (cont'd) and Federalism Clear Statement Rule

 

pp. 262-275

8 USC 1231(a)(6)

8 USC 1326

14. February 27, 2013

Substantive Canons: Presumption Against Preemption of State Law and Statutory Tools on Preemption

 

 

Absurd Results Doctrine

 

North Carolina v. Tennessee Valley Authority (pp. 301-306)

Preemption provision from federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. sec. 7604(e) (skip the rest of section).

pp. 275-285

 
15. March 4, 2013

Guest Lecture by Justice Brett Busby (14th Cir. Ct. Apps., Tex) and Judge Lee Rosenthal (S.D. Tex.). They will discuss the way judges construe statutes and the substantive value of textual aproaches.

Class will take place in Krost Hall at 10:30 am. We have combined all three Statutory Interpretation Sections for this special session.

 

Please email any questions that you would like to pose to the judges in advance to me at tdheste2@central.uh.edu .

 

Video of lectures by Judge Rosenthal and Justice Busby

In re Dean

U.S. v. BP Products North America

16. March 6, 2013

Intent and Purpose-Based Tools: Legislative History

 

pp. 285-317

 

    NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK  

 

 

16. March 18, 2013

Tools for Considering Changed Circumstances

 

pp. 317-331, 356-363

 

17. March 20, 2013

Statutory Implementation by Agencies

 

pp. 400-431

 

18. March 25, 2013

Tools for Statutory Implementation -- Chevron

 

pp. 431-451

 

20. March 27, 2013 Modes of Agency Interpretation -- Economic Analysis   pp. 483-493, 495-509

Optional -- Federalist Society debate on role of economics in environmental regulation.

Debate set for noon, Tuesday, March 26.

Draft Regulatory Impact Analysis for Tier 3 Fuel Standards

21. April 1, 2013 Modes of Agency Interpretation -- Scientific Analysis  

pp. 460-483

Data Quality Act

Cultural Cognition of Risk excerpt

Leveraged Research Proposal

Privileged scientific investigation email

22. April 3, 2013

Modes of Agency Interpretation -- Political Analysis

Agency Adjudication and Use of Guidance

 

pp. 509-515

pp. 520-539

Sample Final Exam Questions

Request for Contested Case Hearing

Motion for Direct Referral to Contested Case Hearing

23. April 8, 2013 Control of Agency Action -- Presidential Control  

pp. 571-600, 615-617

Cybersecurity Presidential Directive

President's 2013 Budget

24. April 10, 2013 Control of Agency Action -- Congressional Control  

pp. 617-639

Unmanned Aircraft Title, FAA Reauthorization Act

Dr. Moniz Confirmation Hearing

25. April 15, 2013 Judicial Control of Agency Action -- Agency Policymaking and Statutory Interpretation  

pp. 666-689

Administrative Procedure Act sections 701, 702, 706

REINS Act, H.R. 367
26. April 17, 2013 Judicial Control of Agency Action -- Agency Statutory Interpretation (cont'd)

 

pp. 705-720, 723-27

 

28. April 22, 2013 Availability of Judicial Review of Agency Action  

pp. 737-751

 

29. April 24, 2013 Availability of Judicial Review of Agency Action (cont'd)

pp. 751-764

 

30. April 29, 2013

Voluntary Review Class

 

Review Session

Final exam will take place on May 8, and is scheduled from 9 am to noon on the master calendar.

Answers to Email Questions for Finals Review
.