A few bills in the Legislature this year deal with state regulations and how they are made.
In discussing these bills, I was reminded that most people don’t participate in the rulemaking process, don’t understand how it works, and so might not appreciate the benefits of improving it.
Rulemaking is not limited to agencies with the word “regulation” in their title. Lots of agencies have regulatory authority, which is conveyed by statutory language creating that authority.
Where some agencies – such as the boards and commissions in the Department of Regulation and Licensing – generally focus on a particular industry, others, like Taxation and Revenue, may make rules affecting large classes of taxpayers.