This Week at Rules – October 7, 2020

Brody Mangum Public News

This week at rules, we’re looking at how to navigate the Utah State Bulletin.

Front Page Focus

We’ve kept the Front Page Focus looking at R156-17b, Pharmacy Practice Act Rule, which continues to climb in readers. R156-17b explores licensure qualifications, standards, and operation guidelines in the pharmaceutical field. Any specific questions can be directed here to the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Researching Rules: Navigating the Bulletin

Last week, we briefly explored a few of our publications, talking about each of their purposes and where to find them. This week, let’s dive into the Utah State Bulletin and Utah State Digest. We’ll take a quick look at how the contents are organized, the rule analysis information at the beginning of each rule, and how you can use that to engage with a rule.

To access the Utah State Bulletin, click here or select the Bulletin icon at the top of our website. Sorted by year, each bi-monthly issue of the Bulletin is posted as a PDF and is best viewed on a desktop browser. The Utah State Digest, a summary of the same issue Bulletin, is organized and formatted in a similar way, with the primary difference being that the Bulletin contains the entire rule text and the Digest does not. As this covers what’s around the rule text, the guide below applies to both the Bulletin and the Digest.

Bulletin Organization

Documents in the Bulletin are organized in the following way:

  • Executive Documents
  • Notices of Proposed Rules
  • Notices of Emergency Rules
  • Notices of Expedited Rules
  • Five-Year Review Notices and Statements of Continuation
  • Notices of Rule Effective Dates

Each section is then further sorted alphabetically by department and agency. Use the Find function on your browser to search specifically for a rule title, catchline, or agency name.

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The Rule Analysis

Each rule notice begins with the Rule Analysis, which contains multiple sections of information relevant to that specific rule. We’ve walked through each of these sections below:

The Agency Information section lists a mailing and street address for the rulewriting agency as well as contact information for people who know the most about this rule. Any questions specific to the rule should be directed towards the individual(s) listed here.

The General Information section is where the catchline, purpose, and summary of the rule can be found. The purpose typically looks at why the rule had to be created or amended and the summary explains what the rule does. These are great resources for a quick glance and understanding of a rule.

After this, the Fiscal Information section explores the financial impacts that this rule might have on state government, local governments, both small and non-small businesses, and other persons. Business owners and individuals related to the rule will find this information useful and can view the Regulatory Impact Summary Table, Box G, to get an estimate of the next three fiscal years’ worth of cost.

The next two sections, Citation Information and Incorporations by Reference (IBR) Information, look at where the authority to draft this proposal came from and if there are any references to external works. Both the citations and IBRs, if any, will be listed here. If you need to view the referenced material, contact the rulewriting agency by using the contact info provided in the Agency Information section.

The Public Notice Information section contains the date by which public comment may be accepted by the rulewriting agency and the earliest date by which the rule or rule change may become effective and enforceable.

Finally, the Agency Authorization Information box contains the name of the approving agency head as well as the date the submission was approved.

Using this Information

The information presented in the Rule Analysis is extremely useful when voicing your opinions or searching for answers. Again, the contact info in the Agency Information section provides a few ways to speak directly with the source, either through a phone call, an email, or even a physical letter in the mail.

Make sure your voice is heard early by commenting before the date listed on the Public Notice Information box. Use this date in conjunction with the Public Notice Website to keep informed on opportunities to share your opinion. While comments can always be made after this date, changes, removals, or additions to rules might be delayed until the next required review.

Still Have a Question?

Navigating the Bulletin can be a challenge, but hopefully this has helped clear up a few of the basics. If there are still some lingering questions about the Bulletin, the Digest, or anything else Administrative Rules, send us an email at rulesonline@utah.gov.