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Today Senator Sue Crawford (District 45, Bellevue) introduced a package of bills to bring increased transparency, accountability and efficiency to Nebraska’s rulemaking process. Each of the bills focuses on a different step in the rulemaking process from proposed rule to final approval.
For example, LB 718 focuses on the beginning of the rulemaking process by requiring agencies to publish semi annually their agenda for rules under development for revision over the next six month period as well as requiring the posting of fiscal impact statements online on the Secretary of State’s website. LB 719 addresses the middle of the rulemaking process–the public comment period–by making comments on proposed rules and agency’s responses to these comments a required part of the public record in the rule-making process. LB 720 concentrates on existing regulations at the end of the process through a petition. This petition allows citizens, political subdivisions, as well as senators to push for reconsideration and revision of regulations that have drifted from legislative intent or have have become out of date or redundant since their initial approval.
“A periodic review of all existing regulations is time-consuming and expensive. LB 720 provides a more cost-effective way to focus attention on regulations that are in most need of review and reconsideration.” said Senator Sue Crawford.
“Today I introduced a Responsive Regulations Package that increases transparency, accountability and efficiency in Nebraska regulations and rule-making,” reports Senator Sue Crawford.
“Rule-making, like law-making, should be democratic, accessible and transparent. Our regulatory system, and our state as a whole, benefits when citizens and legislators are involved in the rule-making process,” explains Senator Crawford. “This is is why the work that the Secretary of State’s office is already doing to make regulations more accessible to the public is so important and why their innovative approach has earned them national recognition.”
In 2012, Nebraska’s Secretary of State website received national recognition for its proposed rule tracking and notification system when it received the first ever IDEAS Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State. The system allows citizens to track proposed rules online and sign up for email notifications on rules of interest to them free of charge.