Oral Arguments for Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Assn. Scheduled for December 1, 2014

Back in June, we notified readers of an upcoming federal case regarding rulemaking.  The Legal Information Institute reports that the Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on December 1, 2014, in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Assn. (13-1041); Nickols v. Mortgage Bankers Assn.  The issue in this case is whether a federal agency is required to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking before it can alter an interpretive rule that articulates an interpretation of the agency’s regulation.  More information is available at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/13-1052 .

Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Robert J. Colborn Innovation Award

The Administrative Codes and Registers’ Awards Committee is taking nominations for the 2014 Colborn Award.  This year, the committee consists of Ken Hansen (UT; chair), Kerry Radcliff (WA) and Liz Cloud (FL).  The Colborn Award is presented annually by Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State, to recognize a program that demonstrates innovation and creativity in providing public access to, or management of, administrative rules.

The nominations packet and form with complete instructions has been posted on the Colborn Award page available at:  http://www.administrativerules.org/colborn-award/nomination-package/ .

Nominations are due Friday, June 6, 2014.

The award will be presented at the ACR Summer Conference held in Baltimore, MD, July 13-16, 2014.

ACR Founder Passes

Robert J. Colborn, former administrator of the Maryland Division of State Documents, the founder of Administrative Codes and Registers, a generous and kind spirit, and a dear friend passed away on January 23, 2014.  Bob’s obituary is available at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/capitalgazette/obituary.aspx?n=robert-colborn&pid=169365211. ACR has prepared a memorial page at http://www.administrativerules.org/colborn/.

2012-2014 ACR Officers

Members of Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), elected officers in July at the NASS/ACR summer conference held in San Juan, PR.  The new officers are: Scott Cancelosi (AZ), president; Kerry Radcliff (WA), vice president; and Emily Caudill (KY), secretary/treasurer.  The officers will serve a two-year term which expires in July 2014.

More information about ACR’s new officers can be found at http://www.nass.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=335%3Anews-release-acc-new-officers-2012&catid=964%3Auncategorized-news-releases&Itemid=428 .

Passing of Former ACR Executive Secretary Carolan Underwood

Carolan Underwood passed away on August 28, 2012.  Carolan served the ACR Executive Secretary (the office now known as ‘president’) from 1987 through 1990.  Carolan worked for the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office as the Director of Administrative Rules for many years.  The old-time ACR members will remember Carolan for her warm acceptance of everyone who joined the ACR ranks.  Carolan spent countless hours working on our behalf to organize conferences, and present sessions.

An obituary for Carolan is available online at http://rollfuneralhome.com/obituaries/carolan-exon-underwood .