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

Bevin Ashenmiller and Catherine Shelley Norman

Abstract

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.

Published Online: 2011-11-3

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