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.

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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