What are Administrative Rules

What are Administrative Rules

A rule is a product of rulemaking by a state agency.
Virtually everything in your daily life is affected in some way by rules published by members of ACR from the quality of air you breathe to the licensing of your dentist. You may not know who we are, but you certainly feel the impact of our labors on a daily basis.

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2021 Summer Conference ~ Archive

When: August 13, 2021 through August 16, 2021
Where: Des Moines, IA
Facility: Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Registration is now open to ACR members! We have a limited of number of in-person registrations for members.
NASS will offer a select number of sessions virtually as well as all ACR & NPA meetings.

Registration Closed
REGISTER TO ATTEND IN-PERSON ($500 per person before 7/23/21)
REGISTER TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY ($50 per person)

NASS/ACR HOTEL –
Marriott Des Moines Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-245-5500
Conference rate is $136 per night, plus state and local taxes (12%). The rate is guaranteed through Friday, July 23, 2021, 5 p.m. CST or until the room block sells out. Call 800-514-4681 and mention the National Association of Secretaries of State to receive the discounted rate; or
Reserve you room online HERE.


Conference Meeting Agenda

Administrative Codes and Registers
a Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State

August 13 – 16, 2021


Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held in the Sioux City conference room of the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.

All meeting times are listed in Central time

There will also be an option to attend ACR sessions virtually. This will be a SEPARATE registration process and the registration fee will be $50 per person.


Thursday, August 12
Travel Day ~ Those arriving August 12 meet in the lobby for ACR group dinner!
Time 6:30 p.m.


Friday, August 13   1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Conference Registration
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ~ ACR Officers and Executive Committee Meeting
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ~ ACR Welcoming Statement by Chris Coffman, ACR President ~ Introduction of Officers and Executive Committee, and kick off Who’s Who and What’s New
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. ~  Afternoon Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. ~ 2021 Edition of Who’s Who and What’s New (cont’d)
5:15 – 9:00 p.m. ~ Evening Event for all Registered Conference Attendees (Zoo)


Saturday, August 14   8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ~ Conference Registration
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. ~ NASS/ACR Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. ~ Who’s Who and What’s New (continued)
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. ~ Morning Break
10:45 – 12:00 p.m. ~ First ACR Business Meeting
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. ~ NASS/ACR Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. ~ Wisconsin’s Updated Rules Procedures Manual ~ Mike Duchek
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. ~ Afternoon Break
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. ~ Modernizing the Filing and Publishing of Administrative Rules ~ Michael Broschinsky
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ~ ACR Networking Session ~ Meet in hotel lobby
6:45 – 9:30 p.m. ~ Evening Event for all Registered Conference Attendees (Capitol)


Sunday, August 15  1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Conference Registration
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. ~ NASS/ACR Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. ~ Roundtable Discussion ~ How the Pandemic Changed our Work Processes and What Changes will Continue into the Future
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. ~ Morning Break
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. ~ What We Learned About the OFR During a Global Pandemic~ John Hyrum Martinez
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ~ NASS/ACR Lunch with IDEAS Award Presentation
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. ~ Expanding Access to Justice through the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA)~ Uniform Law Commission
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. ~ Afternoon Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. ~ Idaho: Twists & Turns…We Have No Idea Where We Are Going – Who Needs a Map? ~Trinette Middlebrook and Frank Powell
5:15 – 9:30 p.m. ~ Evening Event for all Registered Conference Attendees (Iowa Fair)


Monday, August 16
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. ~ NASS/ACR Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. ~ Second ACR Business Meeting
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. ~ Morning Break
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. ~ Planning Session: Where Do We Go from Here?
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. ~ Rulemaking Iowa Style ~ Jack Ewing
11:45 – 12:00 p.m. ~ Closing Remarks and Introduction of New Officers


Committees

Nominations Committee

Chair: Julie Yamaka (OR)
Yvette Smallwood (DE)
Emily Caudill (KY)

Awards Committee

Chair: Trinette Middlebrook (ID)
Frank Powell (ID)

Archives Committee

Anne Bloomsburg (VA)
Jennifer Meas (WA)

Website Committee

Chair: Scott Cancelosi (AZ)
Emily Caudill (KY)
Kylie Cone (UT)

2020-2021 Survey For Sale

The State and Federal Survey is a valuable tool that contains a wealth of information about administrative rules in the various states.

For example, you can find out which states publish an administrative register or code, determine which branch of government is responsible for publication, and locate contact information for the states.

Appendices include informative statistics, Internet addresses for administrative codes and registers websites, and Internet addresses for administrative rules review information.

This survey is available for US $40. Please fill out the order form and make check or money order payable to ACR Survey.

 

Press Release Administrative Codes and Registers Section of NASS Honors Wisconsin’s Legislative Reference Bureau as the 2020 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award Winner

This is Mike Duchek (Senior Legislative Attorney, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau) and his boss, Rick Champagne (Chief, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau).

Washington, D.C. —  The Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) awarded the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau the 2020 Robert J. Colburn, Jr. Innovation Award at the association’s virtual annual conference for their work with the state’s Administrative Codes and Registers.

Wisconsin has undertaken a conversion of the Wisconsin Administrative Code and Register from a printed publication to an automated, integrated, and web-only publication system. The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) implemented this project while discontinuing the printed administrative code and register which reduced significant costs to the state.

Partners in this endeavor with LRB included the Wisconsin Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB) with development, programming, and implementing an automated publication system for the administrative code and register, a new administrative rules website, and a centralized web-based rules document archive.

Completion of the project has reduced the costs and labor required for production while improving the presentation of, and accessibility to, administrative rules–related material on the Wisconsin Legislature’s website for both government and public users.

These efforts modernized Wisconsin’s rule publication practices by moving to an online rule publication system for both the code and register and an online service for notifying subscribers of updates while maintaining the essential functions of the register and the practice of regular, continuous revision of the code.

Because of these homegrown innovative features, the awards committee has selected the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau for their work on the Wisconsin Administrative Code and Register as this year’s Colborn Award recipient.

Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), 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 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award annually recognizes a program that demonstrates creativity and innovation in providing public access to, or managing, administrative rules. It honors the 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.

“We are honored to receive the Colborn Innovation Award and thank the ACR Section of NASS for recognizing Wisconsin’s modernization of its rules publication system. We would also like to thank the Wisconsin Legislative Technology Services Bureau, which assisted us throughout this project. The new rules publication system has changed the way that we do business, providing significant cost savings to taxpayers and increased public access to Wisconsin’s administrative code and register.”, said Richard Champagne, Chief of the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau.

2020 ACR Robert J. Colborn Jr. Committee:
Chair: Trinette Middlebrook
Rules Specialist
State of Idaho, Department of Health and Welfare
Phone: (208) 334-0440

Committee Member: Frank Powell
Rules Specialist
State of Idaho, Department of Health and Welfare
Phone: (208) 334-5775

2020 Summer Virtual Conference – Archive

ACR 2020 Summer Conference

2020 Summer Virtual Conference Agenda
Location: USA

Administrative Codes and Registers
a Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State
July 15 – 16, 2020

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

All sessions will be held virtually using GoToMeeting.  After registration, NASS will provide your webinar login details via email. Stay tuned for the ACR Bunch!

Wednesday, July 15

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ~ All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.    ACR Welcoming Statement by Chris Coffman, ACR President ~ Introduction of Officers and Executive Committee

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.      First ACR Business Meeting

  • 1st Business Meetin Agenda
  • Stevenson, Cooper, and Radcliff resolutions were moved unanimously, without changes for a final adoption vote at the 2nd Business Meeting.
  • Treasurer’s Report: There was one sale of the ACR Survey since the last report.
  • Annual Survey: The annual survey is available to ACR members.
    • The survey was printed by our friends at Thomson Reuters who have supported us for many years.
    • The survey will be available once again for $40. The survey can be purchased through our website.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.        2020 Virtual Edition of Who’s Who and What’s New

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.        Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.        Who’s Who and What’s New (continued)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.        FederalRegister.gov and eCFR – Upgrades and Integrations – presented by John Hyrum Martinez and Steve Frattini, Office of the Federal Register

Thursday, July 16   

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ~ All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rules – Idaho Unleashed:  What Happens When Your Administrative Code Expires – presented by Dennis Stevenson

Dennis
Kudos to Dennis – KTVB7
Dennis Retirement Video

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.       Colborn Award Presentation and Demonstration – introduction by Trinette Middlebrook, Awards Committee Chair

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.       Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.       Virtual Roundtable: Educating Legislators on the Administrative Rules Process – discussion led by Catherine Brindley, Louisiana Register Editor

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.          Second ACR Business Meeting (Must have Acrobat Reader to view pdf documents)

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.       Planning Session: Where Do We Go from Here?
Looking for answers in a strange new normal.

Followed by Closing Comments

Committees
Virtual Summer Conference Program Prepared and Presented by
Chris Coffman, ACR President

Website Committee
Chair: Scott Cancelosi (AZ)
Emily Caudill (KY)
Kristin Carr (CT)

Awards Committee
Chair: Trinette Middlebrook (ID)
Frank Powell (ID)

Archives Committee
Anne Bloomsburg (VA)
Jennifer Meas (WA)

 

NASS Administrative Rules Organization Elects National Officers

For Immediate Release – July 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) today announced the election of its new slate of national officers for a two-year cycle. Oklahoma Associate Editor Christopher Coffman will serve as president of the group, which includes administrative rules professionals from the federal government and all fifty states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa.

“I am honored to be serving an organization composed of talented professionals dedicated to advancing public awareness and access to the regulatory process,” said Coffman, who has served with the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office since 2007.  “I look forward to working with our elected officers to further advance the strategic mission of our organization.”

Along with Coffman, ACR members also selected the following national officers:

•           President:  Christopher Coffman, Oklahoma – Associate Editor

•           Vice-President:  Deanna Maiolo, Colorado – Administrative Rules Program Manager

•           Secretary-Treasurer:  Anne Bloomsburg, Virginia – Assistant Registrar of Regulations

The national officers were elected by full member vote at the NASS 2018 Summer Conference held July 13 to July 16 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They will serve a two-year term ending in July 2020.

Formed in 1978, the NASS Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section brings together federal and state government professionals–often employed by Secretary of State offices–who are responsible for reviewing and compiling government rules and regulations. Some members also oversee the production of “blue books,” which are official government directories and fact books for the states.

ACR members are committed to fostering the development of better rule-writing skills and rule review techniques and developing more effective management of the rule promulgation process, particularly in the publication of administrative codes and registers. They are also focused on increasing public access to the rulemaking process.

ACR also produces the State and Federal Survey, a biannual survey of codes and registers, comprehensively documenting the operations of state and federal administrative rules “gatekeepers,” publishers and reviewers.

For more information, please visit www.administrativerules.org.

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Media Contact:
Maria (Dill) Benson, Director of Communications
mbenson@sso.org | 202-624-3528 | www.nass.org

2019 Summer Conference ~ Archive

Conference Archive
Details for the 2019 NASS Summer Conference Press Release are as follows:
Dates: June 30 -July 3, 2019
Location: Eldorado Hotel
Santa Fe, New Mexico

*REGISTRATION IS CLOSED*

Registration is now open for the NASS 2019 Summer Conference from June 30 – July 3, 2019 at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe, NM!

Click here to save your spot today!

Agendas

ACR – Click here for the ACR conference agency including committee meetings, workshops, shared practice sessions and evening events.

NASS – Click here for the NASS conference agenda including committee meetings, workshops, shared practice sessions and evening events.

Room and Hotel Information

If you have not done so already, please make your hotel reservations immediately. The NASS group rate at the Eldorado Hotel is $123 per night (plus taxes and service fee) and is valid until Thursday, May 30, 2019. Please call 800-955-4455 to make your reservations and mention the National Association of Secretaries of State or click here to make your reservations online.

ACR and NPA will be meeting at the Hilton Santa Fe. There is an additional block of rooms for those attendees at the Hilton. The NASS group rate at the Hilton Santa Fe is $125 per night (plus taxes) and is valid until Thursday, May 30, 2019. Please call 505-988-2811 to make your reservations and mention the National Association of Secretaries of State or click here to make your reservations online.

2019 Committees

Program Committee

Chair: Denise Kipfstuhl (Thomson Reuters)
Christina Muniz (NH)
Michael Duchek (WI)
Yvette Smallwood (DE)

Awards Committee

Chair: Julie Yamaka (OR)
Emma Gradian (WI)
Mike Broschinsky (UT)

Archives Committee

Anne Bloomsburg (VA)
Jennifer Meas (WA)

Website Committee

Chair: Scott Cancelosi (AZ)
Emily Caudill (KY)
Kristin Carr (CT)

NASS Administrative Rules Organization Honors Rhode Island Code of Regulations as 2018 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award Winner

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2018

Washington, D.C. —  The Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) awarded the Rhode Island Code of Regulations with the 2018 Robert J. Colburn, Jr. Innovation Award at the association’s annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR) is a system focused on increasing transparency and encouraging civic engagement in the state’s administrative rulemaking process. The RICR features up-to-the-minute rulemaking data, includes an online public comment module, and displays complete version histories for each rule on one, user-friendly page. The application also allows users to have digital access to supporting documentation and aims to increase accessibility by making rulemaking documents fully searchable and translatable. The RICR also contains a civic education component which endeavors to make the rulemaking process easier for the public to understand. The system was designed to “function more as a conversation, not a monologue.”

“The new Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR) is a great example of multiple state agencies and branches of government working efficiently together to create a dynamic, intuitive application in just two years. This innovative collaboration resulted in a comprehensive solution that simplified processes, improved access, and educated the public,” said ACR President Emily Caudill, Kentucky Regulations Compiler. “I am delighted that our members in the Administrative Codes and Registers Section have recognized RICR with the 2018 Colborn Award.”

Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), 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 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award annually recognizes a program that demonstrates creativity and innovation in providing public access to, or managing, administrative rules. It honors the 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.

“As Secretaries of State, we often play the critical role of maintaining government records and ensuring that important information about government is available to our citizens in useful and meaningful ways. The RICR is not simply a website that displays regulations online. It is a portal through which the government and its citizens can communicate about the issues that affect them to make government more transparent, accessible, and efficient,” said Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, who accepted the award.

2018 ACR Robert J. Colborn Jr. Committee:

Chair: Anne Bloomsburg, Assistant Registrar, Virginia Division of Legislative Services

Member: Deanna Maiolo, Administrative Rules Program Manager, Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

Member: Emily Ewart, Rule Specialist and Policy Analyst, Montana DEQ Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau
Recent Colborn Award Recipients:

2017 – Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office for the Wyoming Administrative Rules System

2016 – Connecticut eRegulations System

2015 – Iowa’s Public Comment Website for Administrative Rules

2014 – Colorado’s Administrative Rules Program, for Implementation of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act

2013 – Utah’s Division of Administrative Rules, for eRules Administrative Rule Filing and Publication System

For more information, visit http://www.administrativerules.org/.

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Media Contact:
Maria (Dill) Benson, Director of Communications
mbenson@sso.org | 202-624-3528 | www.nass.org