Obama signs sleep apnea bill

Friday, October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – Federal standards regarding sleep disorders—sleep apnea in particular—among commercial drivers must be developed through a rulemaking process, according to legislation President Obama signed into law on Oct. 15. The law forbids the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from developing rules based only on regulatory guidance, news organizations report.  Introduced in September, the bill quickly moved through the House and Senate, where it passed by unanimous vote.  FMCSA has been in the drafting stages of sleep disorder guidelines for several years and was expected to release them this year.