Watch: Do Administrative Agencies Usurp Legislative Power?

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Administrative agencies pass rules and regulations that carry the force of law. Does this mean that they exercise the legislative power that rightfully belongs to Congress? Professor Ilan Wurman explains that Congress is allowed to pass specific statutes that direct the agencies although Congress is not technically allowed to delegate legislative authority. Trying to distinguish between proper rulemaking power and legislative authority has proven to be difficult. Ilan Wurman is an associate professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he teaches administrative law and constitutional law. He is the author of A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism (Cambridge 2017). As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

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