To impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance with the terms thereof, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. CONSENT DECREE AND SETTLEMENT REFORM.
(a) Application.--The provisions of this section apply in the case of-- (1) a consent decree or settlement agreement in an action to compel agency action alleged to be unlawfully withheld or unreasonably delayed that pertains to a regulatory action that affects the rights of private parties other than the plaintiff or the rights of State or local governments-- (A) brought under chapter 7 of title 5, United States Code; or (B) brought under any other statute authorizing such an action; and (2) any other consent decree or settlement agreement that requires agency action that pertains to a regulatory action that affects the rights of private parties other than the plaintiff or the rights of State or local governments. (b) In General.--In the case of an action to be resolved by a consent decree or a settlement agreement described in paragraph (1), the following shall apply: (1) The complaint in the action, the consent decree or settlement agreement, and any award of attorneys' fees or costs shall be published, including electronically, in a readily...