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ACT NO. 146

(H.841)

Administrative Procedure; Rule-Making

This act requires the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules to prescribe a strategy for maximizing public input on a proposed rule, which each agency would be required to follow. It requires agencies to provide a brief explanation of any scientific information upon which a proposed rule is based. It requires agencies to provide information, to individuals who participated in the rule-making process, on the procedure for adoption of rules and how to obtain changes in the proposed rule. It requires the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules to distribute copies of all final proposed rules to all appropriate standing committee members. This section will expire on May 1, 2002, at which time the committee will revert to distributing rules to the chairs of the appropriate standing committees and a notice to other committee members. The act also requires agencies which hold public hearings during the rule-making process to tape such hearings and provide public access to the tapes.

This act also directs the Legislative Council to undertake a sample review of the administrative rules of various state agencies in order to evaluate the current administrative rules process. Finally, the act directs the Secretary of State to develop a plan for publishing proposed rules, final proposed rules and adopted rules of all state agencies on the internet in a unified database. The secretary will present this plan to the legislature by January 1, 2001, which shall include detailed cost estimates.

Effective Date: July 1, 2000