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)

Marriott Des Moines Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
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
Presentation ~ 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? Presentation ~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


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)

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.


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

Retirement of Joe Royce Announced

Source: Des Moine Register

State rulemaking guru Royce retiring

Joe Royce, the senior legal counsel for the Iowa Administrative Rules Review Committee, is retiring on Jan. 2. He’s been a key source for decades for anyone in Iowa who is trying understand the complexities of state government rulemaking, which is one of the most powerful areas of governance at the Iowa Capitol. The rules panel handles spelling out the details of operating everything from Iowa health care programs to casino gambling and education.

“It is time — I’m over 65 and have had too much fun,” Royce said. “I came in 1976, stayed with the ARRC and leave in my 38th year. I did plan for retirement financing, but I forgot to plan on what exactly to do — a mistake. I am going to learn Spanish and sleep in in the mornings.”



Committee Members Needed

The program committee has begun to work on this summer’s conference. We are still looking for a chair for this committee. Please see the vacancies below and let the ACR president know if you would like to participate!

2013 ACR Program Committee  
Member: Brad Hunt, Idaho
Member: Julie Yamaka, Oregon
Chair: Vacant

2013 Awards Committee  
Chair: Elizabeth Palen, Virginia
Member: Jon Davidson, Arkansas
Member: Vacant

2013 Web Committee  
Chair: Scott Cancelosi, Arizona
Member: Jeff Hague, Delaware
Member: Jane Chaffin, Virginia

2013 Social Media Committee  
Chair: Vacant
Member: Vacant
Member: Vacant

2013 By-Laws Committee  
Chair: Deanna Maiolo, Colorado
Member: Amy Bunk, Fed
Member: Vacant

2014 Survey Committee  
Chair: Standing Appointment ~ ACR Vice President
Member: Vacant
Member: Vacant

2014 Nominations (Officers) Committee  
Chair: Vacant
Member: Vacant
Member: Vacant