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Measuring the Impact of Anti-SLAPP Legislation on Monitoring and Enforcement

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  • Ashenmiller Bevin

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    (Occidental College)

  • Norman Catherine Shelley

    ()
    (Johns Hopkins University)

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We examine changes in environmental monitoring and enforcement activity in the presence of state legislation prohibiting Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (anti-SLAPP laws). Using data on the Clean Air Act from the Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO database, we find evidence that state inspections increase by almost 50% after a state passes anti-SLAPP legislation. In addition, we find strong evidence that the ratio of findings of noncompliance to inspections more than doubles in the presence of anti-SLAPP legislation.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy.

Volume (Year): 11 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (November)
Pages: 1-19

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:11:y:2011:i:1:n:67

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