Unfunded Mandates: Examining Federally Imposed Burdens on State and Local Government

Hearing Date: April 26, 2017 10:00 am 2154 RHOB


  • To examine the burdens of unfunded mandates on state and local governments.
  • To hear from several state and local officials about how unfunded mandates affect their communities 


  • Unfunded mandates are legislative or regulatory requirements that impose implementation and compliance costs on state, local, or tribal governments, or the private sector. 
  • To address the rapid expansion of unfunded mandates, Congress enacted the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) of 1995. 
  • However, federal agencies have found ways around UMRA and continue to impose burdensome requirements on state and local governments.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Wayne Niederhauser President Utah State Senate Document
The Honorable Jim Davis Senator North Carolina State Senate Document
The Honorable Gary Moore Judge/Executive Boone County, Kentucky Document
The Honorable Jermaine Reed Councilman City of Kansas City, Missouri Document
The Honorable Jeff McKay Supervisor Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Alexandria, Virginia Document

Related Documents

Name Document
Subcommittee Chairman Palmer Opening Statement Document