At its 09/16/2013 and 09/30/2013 meetings, the Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee discussed a draft bill entitled, “Administrative Rulemaking Amendments.” This bill proposes to amend Section 63G-3-305 dealing with the five-year review procedures and the expiration of rules not reviewed. At its 09/30/2013 meeting, the committee voted to approve the bill as a committee bill. As of 12/02/2013, the bill has not yet been numbered. A copy of the 09/30/2013 draft bill (2014FL-0179/10) is available on the Legislature’s web site at http://le.utah.gov/interim/2013/pdf/00003423.pdf.
Questions about this legislation may be directed to Ken Hansen (801-538-3777).
The Utah Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee has scheduled its next meeting for Monday, September 30, 2013, at 9 AM in Room 445 of the State Capitol. The agenda for the meeting has been posted online at http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2013&Com=SPEADM .
The third item on the agenda is “Draft bill, “Administrative Rulemaking Amendments.”" This bill proposes to amend Section 63G-3-305 dealing with the five-year review procedures and the expiration of rules not reviewed.
Differing somewhat from the version presented at the September 16 meeting, this version makes additional changes to Subsection 63G-3-305(3), Subsection 63G-3-305(5), and adds an effective date section. A copy of the draft bill (2014FL-0179/10) has been posted on the Legislature’s web site at http://le.utah.gov/interim/2013/pdf/00003423.pdf .
The Utah Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee has scheduled its next meeting for Monday, September 16, 2013, at 9 AM in Room 30 of the House Building, Capitol Hill. The agenda for the meeting has been posted online at http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2013&Com=SPEADM .
The fourth item on the agenda is “Draft bill, “Administrative Rulemaking Amendments.” This bill proposes to amend Section 63G-3-305 dealing with the five-year review procedures and the expiration of rules not reviewed. A copy of the draft bill has been posted on the Legislature’s web site at http://le.utah.gov/interim/2013/pdf/00003176.pdf .
Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), has recognized the Utah Division of Administrative Rules as the 2013 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. award winner for its eRules application. eRules is the application that state agencies use to file administrative rules, and that the Division uses to publish administrative rules information in various formats.
The eRules application improves access to regulatory information, the timeliness of that information, the efficiency of the process and the security of the data.
“I commend Utah’s Division of Administrative Rules for using technology to improve the efficiency and transparency of the regulatory process,” said Utah’s Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. “The Division plays an important role in the state’s efforts to make Utah a business and citizen-friendly place to work and live. This well-deserved award recognizes a small but dedicated staff at the Division.”
ACR created the Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award in July 2001, in honor of Robert J. Colborn, Jr., who served as the administrator of the Maryland Division of State Documents from 1974 through 2001 and founded ACR. The Colborn Award annually recognizes a program that demonstrates creativity and innovation in providing public access to, or management of, administrative rules. It honors a state agency that has made substantial contributions to the flow of information to the public by improving efficiency and delivery of services to citizens, businesses and other governmental entities.
The full press release is available from the NASS news page. Additional information is available on the ACR site.
On December 21, 2012, the Division of Administrative Rules rolled out a newly designed web site. This new look is part of a department-wide effort. Thanks to UII for their design work.
Please visit http://www.rules.utah.gov/ and use the “Contact Us” link to provide us with feedback.
The Utah State Bar Administrative Law Section is hosting a lunch to discuss Utah administrative rules. The title for this event is “Administrative Rules: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.
- Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
- Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
- Location: Utah State Bar, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
- Presenters: Kenneth A. Hansen, Director, Utah Division of Administrative Rules; Rep. Brian S. King, Attorney, Minority Assistant Whip, Utah House of Representatives; and Peter Stirba, Attorney, Stirba & Associates
- Cost: Free for Section Members; $15 for all others. Lunch will be provided.
- CLE Credit(s): 1 Hour.
Those wishing to attend MUST register in advance. Register ONLINE, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax at 801-531-0660 by October 8th. Please include your name and bar number on all registrations.
UPDATE 4/10/2013: The Utah State Bar has redesigned its website. It appears that all of the section pages have been removed.
On June 15, 2012, the Division of Administrative Rules made minor changes to its home page. Based on feedback, the Division added links that allow agencies to quickly access frequently used resources directly from the home page.
The Division welcomes feedback about its web site. Please direct recommendations to Ken Hansen (801-538-3777).
It is with sadness that the Division of Administrative Rules notes the passing of Ruth Langheinrich. Ruth worked for the Utah State Archives for 17 years beginning in November 1967. During the last several years of her career with Archives, she served as the coordinator of publications which included the State of Utah Bulletin (predecessor to today’s Utah State Bulletin; rulemaking was under the purview of Archives until 1987).
IBM Selectric Composer
Around 1978, Ruth oversaw a staff of approximately 6 employees who used IBM Selectric Composers — re-keying much of the information submitted for publication — to produce the twice-monthly Bulletin. Between 1978 and 1984, Ruth also oversaw the introduction of computers to produce rulemaking publications. The July 1, 1984, issue of the Bulletin was the last issue for which Ruth was responsible.
Ruth was loyal, dedicated, and personally vested in producing accurate publications for the the citizens of Utah. Her friendly disposition, kind smile, and gentle German accent made her a pleasure to know. Ruth’s efforts, and those of her staff, made Utah’s administrative rules accessible. Thank you, Ruth, for your efforts on behalf of Utah’s citizens.
Ruth Langheinrich’s obituary was published on April 3, 2012 and is available online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=ruth-langheinrich&pid=156837152&fhid=4563 .
Source notes: Picture of IBM Selectric Composer downloaded from http://ibmcomposer.org/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=62, accessed 4/4/2012. Ruth’s picture downloaded from the obituary, accessed 4/4/2012.
2011 Utah Business Regulation Review
On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the results of a comprehensive review of all of Utah’s business regulations and the release of the report, Utah Business Regulation Review. This report documents the efforts of state agencies’ to respond to the governor’s call to review existing business regulations.
In addition to summarizing agencies’ responses to the Governor’s request, the report also includes an analysis of rules conducted by the Governor’s Office, and feedback from over 100 business associations and over 300 survey responses from individual businesses.
The report is available from the Division of Administrative Rules’ web site at http://www.rules.utah.gov/reports/2011UtahBusinessRegulationReview.pdf .
As part of the announcement, Governor Herbert also signed Executive Order EO/013/2011 entitled “Establishing Effective Oversight Over State Agency Rulemaking”. This order updates requirements found in orders issued in 1979, 1986, and 1988. The order establishes additional procedures for agencies to follow when promulgating rules.
- establishes the Governor’s expectation that rules be clear and concise, and that they not impose unnecessary burdens on the economy, on individuals, on public or private organizations, or on local government;
- requires agencies to include non-fiscal and indirect costs or savings as part of the cost boxes in the rule analysis;
- requires department heads to designate a department rules coordinator and report that person’s name to the Division of Administrative Rules;
- requires the department rules coordinator to perform several functions including a review of legislation for rulemaking mandates AND sending a copy of the rule analysis for a notice of proposed rule to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development;
- reestablishes the role of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget to review rules;
- outlines the sources from which agencies may seek assistance;
- requires state administrators to cooperate with GOPB’s executive review of rules, and the Division of Administrative Rules implementation of filing, publication and hearing procedures.
The full language of the executive order is available online at http://www.rules.utah.gov/execdocs/2011/EO-013-2011.pdf.
The Division of Administrative Rules is relocating its offices. Beginning Tuesday, November 29, 2011, the Division will move its offices from 4120 State Office Building, to 5110 State Office Building. This move will affect three-quarters of the staff. Remaining staff will move at the end of December. The move helps facilitate other reorganizations that have occurred within the Department of Administrative Services.
New Physical Address (after November 29, 2011)
Division of Administrative Rules
5110 State Office Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Division of Administrative Rules
PO Box 141007
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1007
Main Telephone: 801-538-3764
UPDATE (12/1/2011): The Division of Administrative Rules’ new Fax number (thanks to our colleagues in General Services) is 801-537-9240. Please make certain that any Fax sent to the Division of Administrative Rules includes a cover sheet.