Before Filing that Large Rule …

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Rulemaking, Uncategorized

Stop! Read this! Rule text that is over 60 kilobytes (roughly four pages) in size has a high probability of crashing eRules. Check the size of the file (you can do this by navigating to the file using My Computer in Windows, selecting it, and viewing the file details). For large text, follow this procedure: 1) create a file containing …

Changes to eRules Funded

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Rulemaking, Uncategorized

Finally, eRules is being reprogrammed. The Legislature appropriated one-time funding to update the application agencies use to file rules, and that the division uses to publish rules. The eRules application went online 09/01/2001. For some time now, it has been showing its age (but haven’t we all?). Employees from the Department of Technology Services are doing the development work for …

eRules Issues

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Rulemaking, Uncategorized

As some of you have no doubt noticed, eRules doesn’t always behave the way we would like it to. Text can’t be attached, forms can’t be saved, fortunes can’t be told (no, wait, that’s eCrystalBall). In short, sometimes eRules just makes us want to scream. Here are some of the more common problems we have noticed, and some suggestions on …

Is Seven Ever Eight?

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Rulemaking, Uncategorized

Well, . . . no. No matter what the Division of Administrative Rules’ rule says, seven days is not the same as eight days. During the 2006 General Session, the Legislature passed H.B. 316. Among other things, H.B. 316 inserted a comment consideration period between the end of the public comment period and the first possible effective date. Based on …

Transitions

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Uncategorized

Access to eRules is restricted to individuals whose name and identifying information have been provided by rule filing agencies to the Division. With the transitions that will occur during the next several months, we ask that each agency notify the Division of Administrative Rules (rules@utah.gov) of staffing changes that affect those involved in the rulemaking process. These include executive directors, …

Yes, Virginia, There is a Spell-Checker

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Uncategorized

Our list of eRules enhancements includes, among other things, the addition of a spell-checker. It will still be some time before this functionality can be added to eRules. However, we do have some information that might make completing a rule analysis a bit easier. Individuals using Mozilla 1.7 or Firefox 1.0 as their web browser can download an extension/plug-in called …

New Address for eRules Access; New eRules Help Available

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Uncategorized

On Monday, October 18, ITS upgraded the security software on which eRules relies. As part of that change, the address for direct access to eRules changed. The new address is http://filings.rules.utah.gov/MainRuleFilingPage.asp . The Division asks that agency rule filers access eRules as soon as possible to verify that they can log into the system. Make certain that you use the …

Watch that Formatting

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Rulemaking, Uncategorized

– Warning About using Copy and Paste with the eRules Rule Analysis Forms A rule filer called this evening with a problem. Seems someone else in the office prepared a well-written, nicely formatted word processing document in response to the questions asked on the Rule Analysis form. This document used styles, bulleted lists, hard returns, and other formatting. Our rule …

Don’t Use the Back Button

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Uncategorized

eRules (the Division’s application that agency rulewriters use to file rules) is programmed with navigation buttons and links on each screen. A rulewriter should never, ever (did I emphasize that enough?) NEVER use the BROWSER navigation buttons (e.g., the back button at the top of the browser usually labeled with an arrow) to navigate within eRules. Using the browser navigation …

Extra E-mails from eRules

Mike Broschinsky eRules, Uncategorized

During the summer and fall of 2003, the Division was able to make some enhancements to eRules that have reduced the number of problems agencies initially experienced with the first release. However, with the improvements, we introduced an “unintended feature”. After a rule is filed, and the Division has had an opportunity to review the filing for completeness, the Division …