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H. B. 2171


          (By Delegates Fleischauer, Miley, Caputo, Pino, Overington and Sobonya)

          [Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the
          Committee on the Judiciary.]


A BILL to amend and reenact §29A-1-2 and §29A-1-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §29A-3- 1a, §29A-3-4, §29A-3-6, §29A-3-8, §29A-3-15, §29A-3-15a and §29A-3-15b of said code; and to amend said code by adding three new sections, designated §29A-3-1c, §29A-3-1d and §29A- 3-9a, all relating to review of State Administrative Agency rule-making; defining terms; altering designation of types of rules that have not been approved by the Legislature and that are exempt from legislative review; establishing deadline for action by agency action for certain proposed rules before the rule is deemed withdrawn; requiring agency response to public comments; requiring all sections of a rule be filed when agency proposing rule amendment; providing for methodology for repeal of rules; establishing new publishing and rule-making requirements for certain Department of Health and Human Services policy manuals; providing new process for review and approval of legislative rules incorporating federal mandated requirements; revising emergency rule-making process to allow for public comment, more information, and extended comment period; providing new process for provisional legislative rules; and altering certain agency filing requirements.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That §29A-1-2 and §29A-1-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that §29A-3-1a, §29A-3-4, §29A-3-6, §29A-3-8, §29A-3-15, §29A-3-15a and §29A-3-15b of said code be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding three new sections, designated §29A-3-1c, §29A-3-1d and §29A-3-9a, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1.DEFINITIONS AND APPLICATION OF CHAPTER.
§29A-1-2. Definitions of terms used in this chapter.
               For the purposes of this chapter:
               (a) "Agency" means any state board, commission, department, office or officer authorized by law to make rules or adjudicate contested cases, except those in the legislative or judicial branches;
               (b) "Contested case" means a proceeding before an agency in which the legal rights, duties, interests or privileges of specific parties are required by law or Constitutional right to be determined after an agency hearing, but does not include cases in which an agency issues a license, permit or certificate after an examination to test the knowledge or ability of the applicant where the controversy concerns whether the examination was fair or whether the applicant passed the examination and shall may not include rule making;
               (c) "Agency-promulgated rule" means any rule an agency is authorized by the Legislature to promulgate that meets all requirements of being considered a legislative rule except for the authority granted by the Legislature to the agency expressly allows the agency to proceed with final adoption of the rule without prior specific authorization by Legislature rule enactment pursuant to section nine, article three of this chapter
. An agency-promulgated rule to be lawfully promulgated shall comport to all other requirements of this article and shall have the same force and effect as a legislative rule.
               (e) (d) "Interpretive rule" means every rule, as defined in subsection (I) of this section, adopted by an agency independently of any delegation of legislative power which is intended by the agency to provide information or guidance to the public regarding the agency's interpretations, policy or opinions upon the law enforced or administered by it and which is not intended by the agency to be determinative of any issue affecting private rights, privileges or interests. An interpretive rule may not be relied upon to impose a civil or criminal sanction nor to regulate private conduct or the exercise of private rights or privileges nor to confer any right or privilege provided by law and is not admissible in any administrative or judicial proceeding for such purpose, except where the interpretive rule established the conditions for the exercise of discretionary power as herein provided. However, an interpretive rule is admissible for the purpose of showing that the prior conduct of a person was based on good faith reliance on such rule. The admission of such rule in no way affects any legislative or judicial determination regarding the prospective effect of such rule. Where any provision of this code lawfully commits any decision or determination of fact or judgment to the sole discretion of any agency or any executive officer or employee, the conditions for the exercise of that discretion, to the extent that such conditions are not prescribed by statute or by legislative rule, may be established by an interpretive rule and such rule is admissible in any administrative or judicial proceeding to prove such conditions.
               (d) (e) "Legislative rule" means every rule, as defined in subsection (I) of this section proposed or promulgated by an agency pursuant to this chapter. Legislative rule includes every rule which, when promulgated after or pursuant to authorization of the Legislature, has: (1) The force of law; (2) supplies a basis for the imposition of civil or criminal liability; or (3) grants or denies a specific benefit. Every rule which, when effective, is determinative on any issue affecting private rights, privileges or interests is a legislative rule. Unless lawfully promulgated as an emergency rule, a legislative rule is only a proposal by the agency and has no legal force or effect until promulgated by specific authorization of the Legislature. Except where otherwise specifically provided in this code, legislative rule does not include: (A) Findings or determinations of fact made or reported by an agency, including any such findings and determinations as are required to be made by any agency as a condition precedent to proposal of a rule to the Legislature; (B) declaratory rulings issued by an agency pursuant to the provisions of section one, article four of this chapter; (C) orders, as defined in subdivision (e) of this section; or (D) executive orders or proclamations by the Governor issued solely in the exercise of executive power, including executive orders issued in the event of a public disaster or emergency;
               (e) (f) "Order" means the, whole or any part, of the final disposition (whether affirmative, negative, injunctive or declaratory in form) by any agency of any matter other than rule making;
               (f) (g) "Person" includes individuals, partnerships, corporations, associations or public or private organizations of any character;
               (g) (h) "Procedural rule" means every rule, as defined in subsection (I) of this section, which fixes rules of procedure, practice or evidence for dealings with or proceedings before an agency, including forms prescribed by the agency;
               (h) (i) "Proposed rule" is a legislative rule, interpretive rule, or a procedural rule which has not become effective pursuant to the provisions of this chapter or law authorizing its promulgation;
               (j) "Provisional legislative rule" means a legislative rule that the agency has been directed by law to propose, to be effective for a limited time as a legislative rule prior to legislative authorization for promulgation as a legislative rule, pursuant to this chapter.
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(i) (k) "Rule" includes every regulation, standard or statement of policy or interpretation of general application and future effect, including the amendment or repeal thereof, affecting private rights, privileges or interests, or the procedures available to the public, adopted by an agency to implement, extend, apply, interpret or make specific the law enforced or administered by it or to govern its organization or procedure, but does not include regulations relating solely to the internal management of the agency, nor regulations of which notice is customarily given to the public by markers or signs, nor mere instructions. Every rule shall be classified as "legislative rule," "interpretive rule" or "procedural rule," all as defined in this section, and shall be effective only as provided in this chapter;
               (j) (l) "Rule making" means the process for the formulation, amendment or repeal of a rule as provided in this chapter.
§29A-1-3. Application of chapter; limitations.
                                            (a) The provisions of this chapter do This chapter does not apply in any respect whatever to executive orders of the Governor, which orders to the extent otherwise lawful shall be effective according to their terms: Provided, That the executive orders shall be admitted to record in the State Register when and to the extent the Governor deems considers suitable and shall be included therein by the Secretary of State when tendered by the Governor.
                                            (b) Except as to requirements for filing in the State Register, and with the Legislature or its rule-making review committee, provided in this chapter or other law, the provisions of this chapter do this chapter does not apply in any respect whatever to the West Virginia Board of Probation and Parole, the Public Service Commission, the Board of Public Works sitting as such and the Secondary Schools Activities Commission. Provided, That The rules of such these agencies shall be filed in the State Register in the form prescribed by this chapter and be effective no sooner than sixty consecutive days after being so filed Provided, however, That The rules promulgated by the state colleges and universities shall only be filed with the higher education governing boards. Provided further, That Such These agencies may promulgate emergency rules in conformity with section fifteen, article three of this chapter. Rules or amendments thereto authorized by this subsection shall be considered by the agency for adoption not later than six months after the close of public comment. A notice of adoption or withdrawal by the agency shall be filed in the State Register within that period. Failure to file such notice shall constitute withdrawal. The Secretary of State shall note such withdrawal in the State Register immediately upon the expiration of the six- month period.
                                            (c) The provisions of this chapter do This chapter does not apply to rules relating to or contested cases involving the conduct of inmates or other persons admitted to public institutions, the open seasons and the bag, creel, size, age, weight and sex limits with respect to the wildlife in this state, or the conduct of persons in military service. or the receipt of public assistance. Such These rules shall be filed in the State Register in the form prescribed by this chapter and be effective upon filing: Provided, That rules relating to the receipt of public assistance shall be subject to section one-c, article three of this chapter.
                                            (d) Nothing herein shall be construed to affect, limit or expand any express and specific exemption from this chapter contained in any other statute relating to a specific agency, but such exemptions shall be construed and applied in accordance with the provisions of this chapter to effectuate any limitations on such exemptions contained in any such other statute.
ARTICLE 3. RULE MAKING.
§29A-3-1a. Filing proposed amendments to an existing rule.
                                            (a) Rules promulgated to amend existing rules may be filed on a section by section basis without having to refile in the state register all of the other sections of an existing series numbered rule: Provided, That such filing shall list, by proper citation, those sections, not amended, which are directly affected by those sections amended: Provided, however, That amendments so filed When amending an existing rule or proposing a new rule, agencies shall file all sections of the proposed rule. Each amendment filed to an existing rule shall be accompanied by note of explanation as to the effect of such amendment and its relation to the existing rules.
                                            (b) Rules promulgated to amend existing rules and filed as an emergency rule may be filed on a section by section basis without having to refile in the state register all of the other sections of an existing series numbered rule: Provided, That such filing shall list, by proper citation, those sections not amended, which are directly affected by those sections amended.
          
(b) Any rule being repealed shall be filed in its entirety with the rule series provisions stricken. A rule may not be repealed by reference in another rule.
§29A-3-1c. Rules of the Department of Health and Human Services.
__________(a) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services as authorized by this section, other statute or legislative rule, may publish manuals that provide policy guidance for the implementation and administration of agency programs. Manuals are considered agency-promulgated rules as defined pursuant to this article.
__________(b) Notwithstanding section eight, article two of this chapter, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services may
make manuals available to the public in an electronic format . U pon the effective date of the manual or any amendment thereto , the secretary shall provide an electronic copy of policy manual to the Secretary of State at no cost. Each manual will be considered addendums to the code of state rules, and electronically published as part of the State Register. This manual shall be noticed in the State Register pursuant to article two of this chapter and subject to thirty day public notice and comment period pursuant to section five of this article.
__________(c) The following Department of Health and Human Services manuals are agency-promulgated rules, and subject to this section: Bureau for Child Support Enforcement Policy Manual; Income Maintenance Manual; West Virginia Medicaid Provider Manuals; Medicaid State Plan Manual; and the Social Services Manual.
§29A-3-1d. Proposal of federally mandated rules.
__________(a) Notwithstanding section nine of this article, when a legislative rule or amendment to an existing legislative rule is being proposed by an agency to adopt by reference or otherwise comport the rule to a federal counterpart regulation for the purposes of meeting minimum federal requirements for a state administered program in which the state has assumed regulatory responsibility, the agency may promulgate the rule as an agency- promulgated rule without legislative approval upon meeting the requirements of this section.
__________(b) To qualify for agency-promulgated rule status, the rule or amendment to the existing rule may contain only provisions necessary to fulfill the state's duties associated with administering and complying with the federally delegated program, and may not exceed minimum federal requirements, and to the extent the rule does, it is in violation of this section and shall be severed from the rule and be null and void.
__________(c) The agency shall fulfill all filing, hearing and notice requirements otherwise required pursuant to this article. The agency shall as part of rule filing, provide an explanation of the purpose of the rule and a statement and finding specifically detailing the reasons the rule is eligible for agency-promulgated rule status.
__________(d) The federal regulation or statute shall be electronically attached or otherwise electronically available and be available for inspection at the Secretary of State's office.
__________(e) The rule is effective thirty days following close of public comment period. Rules are to be filed with the Legislative Rule-making and Review Committee as provided in section eleven of this article. The Legislature may disapprove or amend an agency- promulgated rule without limitation.
§29A-3-4. Filing of proposed agency-promulgated rules, procedural rules and interpretive rules.
               (a) When an agency proposes a an agency-promulgated rule, procedural rule or an interpretive rule, the agency shall file in the State Register a notice of its action, including the text of the rule as proposed.
               (b) All proposed rules filed under subsection (a) of this section shall have a fiscal note attached itemizing the cost of implementing the rules as they relate to this state and to persons affected by the rules. and regulations. Such fiscal note shall include all information included in a fiscal note for either house of the Legislature and a statement of the economic impact of the rule on the state or its residents. The objectives of the rules shall be clearly and separately stated in the fiscal note by the agency issuing the proposed rules. No agency-promulgated rule, procedural or interpretive rule shall be void or voidable by virtue of noncompliance with this subsection.
§29A-3-6. Filing findings and determinations for rules in State Register; evidence deemed public record.
          
(a) Incident to fixing a date for public comment on a proposed rule, the agency shall promulgate the findings and determinations required as a condition precedent thereto, and state fully and succinctly the reasons therefor and file such findings and determinations in the State Register. If the agency amends the proposed rule as a result of the evidence or comment presented pursuant to section five, such amendment shall be filed with a description of any changes and a statement listing the reasons for the amendment. The agency shall also provide an analysis of the comments received and the reasons for adoption or rejection of any suggested revisions submitted as comments to the proposed rule.
          (b) The statement of reasons and a transcript of all evidence and public comment received pursuant to notice are public records and shall be carefully preserved by the agency and be open for public inspection and copying for a period of not less than five years from the date of the hearing.
§29A-3-8. Adoption of agency-promulgated rules, procedural and interpretive rules.
          
A An agency-promulgated, procedural and interpretive rule, shall be considered by the agency for adoption not later than six months after the close of public comment and a notice of withdrawal or adoption shall be filed in the State Register within that period. Failure to file such notice shall constitute withdrawal and the Secretary of State shall note such failure in the State Register immediately upon the expiration of the six- month period.
          A An agency-promulgated,
procedural or interpretive rule may be amended by the agency prior to final adoption without further hearing or public comment. No such amendment may change the main purpose of the rule. If the fiscal implications have changed since the rule was proposed, a new fiscal note shall be attached to the notice of filing. Upon adoption of the rule, (including any such amendment,) the agency shall file the text of the adopted agency- promulgated, procedural or interpretive rule with its notice of adoption in the State Register and the same shall be effective on the date specified in the rule or thirty days after such filing, whichever is later.
§29A-3-9a. Proposal and promulgation of provisional legislative rules.
_____(a) Unless otherwise specified in the implementing statute, whenever the Legislature enacts a law mandating an agency to propose a legislative rule, and further directs the agency to promulgate a provisional legislative rule, the agency shall within sixty days of the effective date of the statute
, file the rule for public notice as provided in section five of this article and also submit the rule as a legislative rule as provided pursuant to the requirements of this article . The provisional legislative rule shall be filed by the agency as provided in section six of this article no later than thirty days following the close of public comment. The rule is effective upon final filing by the agency . The provisional legislative rule shall remain effective for fifteen months or until the legislative rule is acted upon by enactment of the Legislature pursuant to section thirteen of this article, whichever occurs first. Any amendment by the agency to the provisional legislative rule is subject to the same notice and effective date requirements. Amendments to the provisional legislative rule do not alter the initial fifteen month effective period for the provisional legislative rule. If the provisional legislative rule expires due to the failure of legislative authorization pursuant to section thirteen of this article, the agency may not refile the same or similar rule as an emergency rule or a provisional legislative rule.
_____(b) A provisional legislative rule may be disapproved by the Secretary of State, acting under the authority provided in section fifteen-a of this article, or the Attorney General, acting under the authority provided in section fifteen-b of this article.
§29A-3-15. Emergency legislative rules; procedure for promulgation; definition.
                                            (a) Any age
ncy with authority to propose legislative rules may, without hearing, find that an emergency exists requiring that emergency rules be promulgated and promulgate the same in accordance with this section. Such emergency rules, together with a statement of the facts and circumstances constituting the emergency, and a listing of state agencies, professions, businesses and other identifiable interest groups affected by the proposed emergency rule shall be filed with the Secretary of State, and a notice of such filing shall be published in the State Register: Provided, That failure to list all known state agencies, professions, businesses and other identifiable interest groups may not be the basis for disapproval of the rule or subject the rule to judicial review. The agency shall have a thirty day public comment period for a proposed emergency rule, beginning the day of filing. Upon closure of the public hearing, the Such emergency rules rule shall become effective upon the approval of the Secretary of State in accordance with section fifteen-a of this article or upon the approval of the Attorney General in accordance with section fifteen-b or upon the forty-second forty-fifth day following such filing, whichever occurs first: Provided, however, That at upon a finding that the emergent circumstances existing pursuant to subsection (f) of this section require immediate authorization of the emergency rule, the Secretary of State, acting under the authority provided in section fifteen-a of this article, or the Attorney General , acting under the authority provided in section fifteen-b of this article , may immediately approve the emergency rule for the remainder of the forty-five day comment and review period, at which time that approval of the emergency rule will expire. Any time following the close of public hearing, the final determination on the existence of an emergency may be made by the Secretary of State, acting under the authority provided in section fifteen-a of this article, or the Attorney General, acting under the authority provided in section fifteen-b of this article . Such Emergency rules may adopt, amend or repeal any legislative rule, but the circumstances constituting the emergency requiring such adoption, amendment or repeal shall be stated with particularity and be subject to de novo review by any court having original jurisdiction of an action challenging their validity. Fourteen Two paper copies and an electronic version of the rules and of the required statement shall be filed immediately with the Secretary of State and one paper copy and an electronic copy shall be filed immediately with the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee.
                                            An emergency rule shall be effective for not more than fifteen months and shall expire earlier if any of the following occurs:
                                            (1) The Secretary of State, acting under the authority provided for in section fifteen-a of this article, or the Attorney General, acting under the authority provided in section fifteen-b of this article, disapproves the emergency rule because: (A) The emergency rule or an amendment to the emergency rule exceeds the scope of the law authorizing or directing the promulgation thereof; (B) an emergency does not exist justifying the promulgation of the emergency rule; or (C) the emergency rule was not promulgated in compliance with the provisions of this section. An emergency rule may not be disapproved pursuant to the authority granted by paragraphs (A) or (B) of this subdivision on the basis that the Secretary of State or the Attorney General disagrees with the underlying public policy established by the Legislature in enacting the supporting legislation. An emergency rule which would otherwise be approved as being necessary to comply with a time limitation established by this code or by a federal statute or regulation may not be disapproved pursuant to the authority granted by paragraphs (A) or (B) of this subdivision on the basis that the agency has failed to file the emergency rule prior to the date fixed by such time limitation. When the supporting statute specifically directs an agency to promulgate an emergency rule, or specifically finds that an emergency exists and directs the promulgation of an emergency rule, the emergency rule may not be disapproved pursuant to the authority granted by paragraph (B) of this subdivision. An emergency rule may not be disapproved on the basis that the Legislature has not specifically directed an agency to promulgate the emergency rule, or has not specifically found that an emergency exists and directed the promulgation of an emergency rule.
                                            (2) The agency has not previously filed and fails to file a notice of public hearing on the proposed rule within thirty days of the date the proposed rule was filed as an emergency rule; in which case the emergency rule expires on the thirty-first day.
                                            (3) The agency has not previously filed and fails to file the proposed rule with the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee within ninety days of the date the proposed rule was filed as an emergency rule; in which case the emergency rule expires on the ninety-first day.
                                            (4) The Legislature has authorized or directed promulgation of an authorized legislative rule dealing with substantially the same subject matter since such emergency rule was first promulgated, and in which case the emergency rule expires on the date the authorized rule is made effective.
                                            (5) The Legislature has, by law, disapproved of such emergency rule; in which case the emergency rule expires on the date the law becomes effective.
                                            (b) Any amendment to an emergency rule made by the agency shall be filed in the State Register and does not constitute a new emergency rule for the purpose of acquiring additional time or avoiding the expiration dates in subdivision (2), (3), (4) or (5), subsection (a) of this section: Provided, That such emergency amendment shall become effective upon the approval of the Secretary of State in accordance with section fifteen-a of this article or upon approval of the Attorney General in accordance with section fifteen-b of this article or upon the forty-second forty-fifth day following such filing, whichever occurs first.
                                            (c) Once an emergency rule expires due to the conclusion of fifteen months or due to the effect of subdivision (2), (3), (4) or (5), subsection (a) of this section, the agency may not refile the same or similar rule as an emergency rule.
                                            (d) The provision of this section shall This section may not be used to avoid or evade any provision of this article or any other provisions of this code, including any provisions for legislative review and approval of proposed rules. Any emergency rule promulgated for any such purpose may be contested in a judicial proceeding before a court of competent jurisdiction.
                                            (e) The Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee may review any emergency rule to determine: (1) Whether the emergency rule or an amendment to the emergency rule exceeds the scope of the law authorizing or directing the promulgation thereof; (2) whether there exists an emergency justifying the promulgation of such emergency rule; and (3) whether the emergency rule was promulgated in compliance with the requirements and prohibitions contained in this section. The committee may recommend to the agency, the Legislature, or the Secretary of State such action as it may deem consider proper.
                                            (f) For the purposes of this section, an emergency exists when the promulgation of an emergency rule is necessary: (1) For the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety or welfare; (2) to comply with a time limitation established by this code or by a federal statute or regulation; or (3) to prevent substantial harm to the public interest.
§29A-3-15a. Disapproval of emergency and provisional legislative rules by the Secretary of State; judicial review.
                                            (a) Upon the filing of an emergency rule or filing of an amendment to an emergency rule by an agency, under the provisions of section fifteen of this article, by any agency, except for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State shall review such rule or such amendment and, within forty-two forty-five
days of such filing, shall issue a decision as to whether or not such emergency rule or such amendment to an emergency rule should be disapproved. An emergency rule filed by the Secretary of State shall be reviewed by the Attorney General as provided in section fifteen-b of this article.
                                            (b) The Secretary of State shall disapprove an emergency rule or an amendment to an emergency rule if he or she determines:
                                            (1) That the emergency rule or an amendment to the emergency rule exceeds the scope of the law authorizing or directing the promulgation thereof; or
                                            (2) That an emergency does not exist justifying the promulgation of the emergency rule or the filing of an amendment to the emergency rule; or
                                            (3) That the emergency rule or an amendment to the emergency rule was not promulgated in compliance with the provisions of section fifteen of this article.
                                            (c) If the Secretary of State determines, based upon the contents of the rule or the supporting information filed by the agency, that the emergency rule should be disapproved, he or she may disapprove such rule without further investigation, notice or hearing. If, however, the Secretary of State concludes that the information submitted by the agency is insufficient to allow a proper determination to be made as to whether the emergency rule should be disapproved, he or she
may make further investigation, including, but not limited to, requiring the agency or other interested parties to submit additional information or comment or fixing a date, time and place for the taking of evidence on the issues involved in making a determination under the provisions of this section.
                                            (d) If the Secretary of State determines, based upon the contents of the amendment to an emergency rule or the supporting information filed by the agency, that the amendment to the emergency rule should be disapproved, he or she may disapprove such amendment without further investigation, notice or hearing. If, however, the Secretary of State concludes that the information submitted by the agency is insufficient to allow a proper determination to be made as to whether the amendment should be disapproved, he or she may make further investigation, including, but not limited to, requiring the agency or other interested parties to submit additional information or comment or fixing a date, time and place for the taking of evidence on the issues involved in making a determination under the provisions of this section.
____________________________________________(e) The Secretary of State shall disapprove a provisional legislative rule upon a finding that the rule was unlawfully promulgated or that the provisional legislative rule or an amendment thereto exceeds the scope of the law authorizing the rule's promulgation
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(e) (f) The determination of the Secretary of State shall be reviewable by the Supreme Court of Appeals under its original jurisdiction, based upon a petition for a writ of mandamus, prohibition or certiorari, as appropriate. Such proceeding may be instituted by:
                                            (1) The agency which promulgated the emergency rule;
                                            (2) A member of the Legislature; or
                                            (3) Any person whose personal property interests will be significantly affected by the approval or disapproval of the emergency rule by the Secretary of State.
§29A-3-15b. Disapproval of emergency rules and provisional legislative rules by the Attorney General; judicial review.
                                            (a) Upon the filing of an emergency rule or filing of an amendment to an emergency rule by the Secretary of State under the provisions of section fifteen of this article, the Attorney General shall review such rule or such amendment and, within forty-two forty-five
days of such filing, shall issue a decision as to whether or not such emergency rule or such amendment to an emergency rule should be disapproved.
                                            (b) The Attorney General shall disapprove an emergency rule or an amendment to an emergency rule if he or she determines:
                                            (1) That the emergency rule or an amendment to the emergency rule exceeds the scope of the law authorizing or directing the promulgation thereof; or
                                            (2) That an emergency does not exist justifying the promulgation of the emergency rule or the filing of an amendment to the emergency rule; or
                                            (3) That the emergency rule or an amendment to the emergency rule was not promulgated in compliance with the provisions of section fifteen of this article.
                                            (c) If the Attorney General determines, based upon the contents of the rule or the supporting information filed by the Secretary of State, that the emergency rule should be disapproved, he or she may disapprove such rule without further investigation, notice or hearing. If, however, the Attorney General concludes that the information submitted by the Secretary of State is insufficient to allow a proper determination to be made as to whether the emergency rule should be disapproved, he or she
may make further investigation, including, but not limited to, requiring the Secretary of State or other interested parties to submit additional information or comment or fixing a date, time and place for the taking of evidence on the issues involved in making a determination under the provisions of this section.
                                            (d) If the Attorney General determines, based upon the contents of the amendment to an emergency rule or the supporting information filed by the agency, that the amendment to the emergency rule should be disapproved, he or she
may disapprove such amendment without further investigation, notice or hearing. If, however, the Attorney General concludes that the information submitted by the agency is insufficient to allow a proper determination to be made as to whether the amendment should be disapproved, he or she may make further investigation, including, but not limited to, requiring the agency or other interested parties to submit additional information or comment or fixing a date, time and place for the taking of evidence on the issues involved in making a determination under the provisions of this section.
                                            (e) The Attorney General shall disapprove a provisional legislative rule upon a finding that the rule was unlawfully promulgated or that the provisional legislative rule or an amendment thereto exceeds the scope of the law authorizing the rule's promulgation.
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(e) (f)
The determination of the Attorney General shall be reviewable by the Supreme Court of Appeals under its original jurisdiction, based upon a petition for a writ of mandamus, prohibition or certiorari, as appropriate. Such proceeding may be instituted by:
                                            (1) The Secretary of State;
                                            (2) A member of the Legislature; or
                                            (3) Any person whose personal property interests will be significantly affected by the approval or disapproval of the emergency rule by the Attorney General.



                                                    
                                            NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
review State Administrative Agency rule-making. The bill defines terms. The bill alters designation of types of rules that have not been approved by the Legislature and that are exempt from legislative review. The bill establishes deadline for action by agency action for certain proposed rules before the rule is deemed withdrawn. The bill requires agency response to public comments. The bill requires all sections of a rule be filed when agency proposing rule amendment. The bill provides for methodology for repeal of rules. The bill establishes new publishing and rule-making requirements for certain Department of Health and Human Services policy manuals. The bill provides new process for review and approval of legislative rules incorporating federal mandated requirements. The bill revises emergency rule-making process to allow for public comment, more information, and extended comment period. The bill provides new process for provisional legislative rules. The bill alters certain agency filing requirements.

                                            Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.


                                            §29A-3-1c, §29A-3-1d and §29A -3-9a are new; therefore, they have been completely underscored.

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