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§ 303. Adoption, amendment or revocation of rule--Procedure

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 75. Statutes and ReportsEffective: September 1, 2021

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 75. Statutes and Reports (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 8. Administrative Procedures Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: September 1, 2021
75 Okl.St.Ann. § 303
§ 303. Adoption, amendment or revocation of rule--Procedure
A. Prior to the adoption of any rule or amendment or revocation of a rule and except as provided for pursuant to the expedited rule repeal process provided in Section 9 of this act,1 the agency shall:
1. Cause notice of any intended action to be published in “The Oklahoma Register” pursuant to subsection B of this section;
2. For at least thirty (30) days after publication of the notice of the intended rulemaking action, afford a comment period for all interested persons to submit data, views or arguments, orally or in writing. The agency shall consider fully all written and oral submissions respecting the proposed rule;
3. Hold a hearing, if required, as provided by subsection C of this section;
4. Consider the effect its intended action may have on the various types of business and governmental entities. Except where such modification or variance is prohibited by statute or constitutional constraints, if an agency finds that its actions may adversely affect any such entity, the agency may modify its actions to exclude that type of entity, or may “tier” its actions to allow rules, penalties, fines or reporting procedures and forms to vary according to the size of a business or governmental entity or its ability to comply or both. For business entities, the agency shall include a description of the probable quantitative and qualitative impact of the proposed rule, economic or otherwise, and use quantifiable data to the extent possible, taking into account both short-term and long-term consequences;
5. Consider the effect its intended action may have on the various types of consumer groups. If an agency finds that its actions may adversely affect such groups, the agency may modify its actions to exclude that type of activity; and
6. When an agency provides notice pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection, the agency shall provide one (1) electronic copy of the complete text of the proposed rule, amendment or revocation and a copy of the notice to the Governor and to the appropriate cabinet secretary. No agency may adopt any proposed rule, amendment or revocation if, within thirty (30) days from providing notice to the Governor and the appropriate cabinet secretary, the agency receives express written disapproval from the Governor or the cabinet secretary. If the Governor or the cabinet secretary disapproves a rule, the affected agency shall be notified in writing of the reasons for disapproval. If, after thirty (30) days of providing the notice to the Governor and the cabinet secretary, the agency has not received an express written disapproval, the agency may proceed with the rulemaking process.
B. The notice required by paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section shall include, but not be limited to:
1. In simple language, a brief summary of the rule;
2. The proposed action being taken;
3. The circumstances which created the need for the rule;
4. The specific legal authority, including statutory citations, authorizing the proposed rule;
5. The intended effect of the rule;
6. If the agency determines that the rule affects business entities, a request that such entities provide the agency, within the comment period, in dollar amounts if possible, the increase in the level of direct costs such as fees, and indirect costs such as reporting, recordkeeping, equipment, construction, labor, professional services, revenue loss, or other costs expected to be incurred by a particular entity due to compliance with the proposed rule;
7. The time when, the place where, and the manner in which interested persons may present their views thereon pursuant to paragraph 3 of subsection A of this section;
8. Whether or not the agency intends to issue a rule impact statement according to subsection D of this section and where copies of such impact statement may be obtained for review by the public;
9. The time when, the place where, and the manner in which persons may demand a hearing on the proposed rule if the notice does not already provide for a hearing. If the notice provides for a hearing, the time and place of the hearing shall be specified in the notice; and
10. Where copies of the proposed rules may be obtained for review by the public. An agency may charge persons for the actual cost of mailing a copy of the proposed rules to such persons.
The number of copies of such notice as specified by the Secretary shall be submitted to the Secretary who shall publish the notice in “The Oklahoma Register” pursuant to the provisions of Section 255 of this title.
Prior to or within three (3) days after publication of the notice in “The Oklahoma Register”, the agency shall cause a copy of the notice of the proposed rule adoption and the rule impact statement, if available, to be mailed to all persons who have made a timely request of the agency for advance notice of its rulemaking proceedings. Provided, in lieu of mailing copies, an agency may electronically notify interested persons that a copy of the proposed rule and the rule impact statement, if available, may be viewed on the agency's website. If an agency posts a copy of the proposed rule and rule impact statement on its website, the agency shall not charge persons for the cost of downloading or printing the proposed rule or impact statement. Each agency shall maintain a listing of persons or entities requesting such notice.
C. 1. If the published notice does not already provide for a hearing, an agency shall schedule a hearing on a proposed rule if, within thirty (30) days after the published notice of the proposed rule adoption, a written request for a hearing is submitted by:
a. at least ten persons,
b. a political subdivision,
c. an agency, or
d. an association having not less than twenty-five members.
At that hearing persons may present oral argument, data, and views on the proposed rule.
2. A hearing on a proposed rule may not be held earlier than thirty (30) days after notice of the hearing is published pursuant to subsection B of this section.
3. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent an agency from holding a hearing or hearings on the proposed rule although not required by the provisions of this subsection; provided that notice of such hearing shall be published in “The Oklahoma Register” at least thirty (30) days prior to such hearing.
D. 1. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, an agency shall issue a rule impact statement of a proposed rule prior to or within fifteen (15) days after the date of publication of the notice of proposed rule adoption. The rule impact statement may be modified after any hearing or comment period afforded pursuant to the provisions of this section.
2. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the rule impact statement shall include, but not be limited to:
a. a brief description of the purpose of the proposed rule,
b. a description of the classes of persons who most likely will be affected by the proposed rule, including classes that will bear the costs of the proposed rule, and any information on cost impacts received by the agency from any private or public entities,
c. a description of the classes of persons who will benefit from the proposed rule,
d. a description of the probable economic impact of the proposed rule upon affected classes of persons or political subdivisions, including a listing of all fee changes and, whenever possible, a separate justification for each fee change,
e. the probable costs and benefits to the agency and to any other agency of the implementation and enforcement of the proposed rule, the source of revenue to be used for implementation and enforcement of the proposed rule, and any anticipated effect on state revenues, including a projected net loss or gain in such revenues if it can be projected by the agency,
f. a determination of whether implementation of the proposed rule will have an economic impact on any political subdivisions or require their cooperation in implementing or enforcing the rule,
g. a determination of whether implementation of the proposed rule may have an adverse economic effect on small business as provided by the Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act,2
h. an explanation of the measures the agency has taken to minimize compliance costs and a determination of whether there are less costly or nonregulatory methods or less intrusive methods for achieving the purpose of the proposed rule,
i. a determination of the effect of the proposed rule on the public health, safety and environment and, if the proposed rule is designed to reduce significant risks to the public health, safety and environment, an explanation of the nature of the risk and to what extent the proposed rule will reduce the risk,
j. a determination of any detrimental effect on the public health, safety and environment if the proposed rule is not implemented, and
k. the date the rule impact statement was prepared and if modified, the date modified.
3. To the extent an agency for good cause finds the preparation of a rule impact statement or the specified contents thereof are unnecessary or contrary to the public interest in the process of adopting a particular rule, the agency may request the Governor to waive such requirement. Such request shall be in writing and shall state the agency's findings and the justification for such findings. Upon request by an agency, the Governor may also waive the rule impact statement requirements if the agency is required to implement a statute or federal requirement that does not require an agency to interpret or describe the requirements, such as federally mandated provisions which afford the agency no discretion to consider less restrictive alternatives. If the Governor fails to waive such requirement, in writing, prior to publication of the notice of the intended rulemaking action, the rule impact statement shall be completed. The determination to waive the rule impact statement shall not be subject to judicial review.
4. The rule shall not be invalidated on the ground that the contents of the rule impact statement are insufficient or inaccurate.
E. Upon completing the requirements of this section, an agency may adopt a proposed rule. No rule is valid unless adopted in substantial compliance with the provisions of this section.

Credits

Laws 1963, c. 371, § 3; Laws 1982, c. 284, § 1, operative Oct. 1, 1982; Laws 1987, c. 207, § 14; Laws 1988, c. 292, § 15, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 300, § 17, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, § 9, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 384, § 7, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 1, § 38, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 225, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 206, § 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, § 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 211, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 495, § 8, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 75, § 3, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2003, c. 317, § 1, emerg. eff. May 28, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 227, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2013, c. 227, § 50, eff. Nov. 1, 2013; Laws 2021, c. 11, § 8, eff. Sept. 1, 2021.

Footnotes

Title 75, § 303a.
Title 75, § 501 et seq.
75 Okl. St. Ann. § 303, OK ST T. 75 § 303
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 58th Legislature (2022) effective through October 1, 2022. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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