The legislature often directs state offices to propose rules to implement the statues they are responsible for. Rules provide clarity and uniformity to fill in details that were not necessary to put directly in the statutes.
For example, elections statutes say that the Secretary of State must provide absentee ballot materials, but do not give details on everything that needs to go on those materials. Creating a rule provides clarity and uniformity so that all voters receive the same absentee ballot materials and information when they apply.
Rules must be proposed and approved through a specific process:
Rulemaking is an important part of the lawmaking process. The office welcomes feedback and participation whenever new rules are proposed. Signup to receive email notifications when rules are being proposed.
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