This Week at Rules – September 16, 2020

Brody Mangum Uncategorized

Hello rule readers!

This week at rules we’re exploring resources available to the public.

Front Page Focus

The Front Page Focus continues to look at Title R156, Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing, which covers licensing requirements, qualifications, and renewal information for a variety of occupations. Our Focus also has a link to the Codification Segue and the topic of our next section: the Administrative Rules Help Page.

Help for the Public

If you’re interested in learning more about the rulemaking process, how to get involved, or simply have a question about a rule, our Help Page might be the place for you. Containing information for both agencies and citizens, the Help Page has a variety of articles and pages that are worth a look, and we’ll talk about a few of them below.

Rulemaking Process Basics looks at an outline of the rulemaking process, starting from the creation of a rule text to when the rule is codified, or added to the Utah Administrative Code. If, after reading this, you’d like more information, there is also a Detailed Rulemaking Process page that takes a deeper look into each step of the process.

The help page also leads to Participating in Rulemaking, where interested citizens can learn how to shape the rules that affect them. Participating in Rulemaking explains different ways that citizens can interact with rules, including researching tips, how to contact rulewriting agencies, and how to make public comments.

Though directed primarily at rulewriting agencies, Agency Resources is also helpful when exploring rules. It is a landing page for all things rulewriting, housing our Rulewriting Manual, Rule Analysis (and other) forms, and eRules assistance.

Finally, there are three last resources on the Help Page we’d like to cover. Who to Contact About an Administrative Rule? lists all agencies with rulemaking authority and their respective contact information. Any questions about clarifications or interpretations of a rule are best answered by the agency that wrote the rule.

Researching Utah’s Administrative Rules explores general tips on how to best research rules, provides a terminology glossary, and reviews historical documents.

Keys to Making Effective Public Comment discusses how to not only provide public comment on rules, but how to do so in the most effective ways and through a variety of means.

That’s the Help Page! If you have questions that are still not answered, feel free to reach out by sending an email to rulesonline@utah.gov or connecting through our Facebook or Twitter pages.

We’ll see you next week!