This Week at Rules – September 30, 2020

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Hello rule readers!

This week at rules, we’re looking at our Front Page Focus as well as some of our publications.

Front Page Focus

This week, we’re looking at the frequently visited R156-17b, Pharmacy Practice Act Rule. R156-17b includes pharmaceutical topics like licensure qualifications, standards for both pharmacists and the pharmacies they work at, and guidelines for ongoing operation. Individuals interested in becoming pharmacists or pharmacy assistants would benefit from reading this, as well as owners (and interested owners) of pharmacies.

As with all R156 rules, it is important to have read R156-1, General Rule of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, which covers licensure topics related to all professions, including all pharmaceutical ones. Specific questions about professional licensing or either of the rules can be directed to the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, reachable here.

We’re also looking at our Publications, where you’ll find current and historical publications from the Office of Administrative Rules, which we’ve talked about below.

Researching Rules: Reviewing our Publications

As we approach the launch of our new and updated AdminRules Search, we felt it appropriate to revisit some of the basics of researching rules. This week, let’s cover the purposes of some of our Publications, looking at which types of rules can be found in which publication.

The primary difference between the types of rules in each publication has to do with their effectiveness. When a rule is effective, it has gone through the rulemaking process and is legally valid. A proposed rule or filing, instead, has not yet completed that filing process and is not yet effective.

Where do I find effective rules?

Once a rule completes the filing process and is made effective, the final rule text can be found in a few public locations:

  • Utah Administrative Code: Updated a few times a year, the Utah Administrative Code is the list of effective rules issued by Utah agencies. The Administrative Code lists all rules sorted by rule title. This page will be replaced in the future with the new AdminRules Search page.
  • Codification Segue: In the time between a rule being made effective and it being added to the Administrative Code, the rule exists in the Codification Segue. This means that the rule is still effective and enforceable but has not yet been listed in the Administrative Code. Similar to the Code, the Codification Segue lists its rules by rule title.

For an in-depth look at both the Administrative Code and Codification Segue, visit our blog post from earlier this month.

Where do I find proposed rules or filings?

Before a rule is made effective or codified, its text is made available to the public for review and comment. The Utah State Bulletin and Utah State Digest are publications by the Office of Administrative Rules that contain these proposed filings as well as information on how to engage with the rule.

  • Utah State Bulletin: Published on the 1st and 15th of each month, the Utah State Bulletin contains proposed rule filings, notices of effective dates, rule analysis forms, and more. The rule analysis forms that are presented with each rule are key in finding out how to make public comment. These forms contain information on where, when, and how public comment should be submitted, as well as contact information if there are any questions about the rule.
  • Utah State Digest: Published at the same time as the Bulletin, the Utah State Digest is a summary of the same issue Bulletin and does not contain the complete rule text. The Digest is useful when quickly reviewing rule summaries or looking for agency contact information.

Next week, we’ll look at how to expertly navigate our publications and find the important information within them.