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Administrative Procedure Act: A Warning Against Its Impairment by Legislation

John W. Gwynne
American Bar Association Journal
Vol. 34, No. 1 (January 1948), pp. 8-10
Published by: American Bar Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25716250
Page Count: 3
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Administrative Procedure Act: A Warning Against Its Impairment by Legislation
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Abstract

One of the most timely and significant addresses in Cleveland was that by Congressman John W. Gwynne, of Iowa, ranking majority member of the Committee on the Judiciary in the House of Representatives, long a stalwart advocate and draftsman of legislation to curb abuses of power by administrative agencies and to subject them to rules of law, justice and fair play. Speaking on "National Legislation and Administrative Law" before the Section devoted to that subject, he called attention to the responsibility of the Bar as well as the Congress for vigilance in seeing to it that the Administrative Procedure Act is not whittled away and impaired by administration, interpretation, or future legislation. As to this danger he gave a pointed warning. Constructively he outlined several "propositions" or practices which he thinks should be followed in the drafting of future legislation affecting the agencies and the Act, and also made a statement regarding our Association's proposed Administrative Practitioners' Act (H.R. 2657), which he has introduced and sponsored. (For the text of the bill, etc., see 33 A.B.A.J. 307; April, 1947). His address is published in full.

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