Streamline and simplify the rule-making process.
(3) Assistance to committees.
The legislative council staff shall work with and assist the appropriate committees of the legislature during the rule-making process. The legislative council staff may include in its report recommendations concerning proposed rules which the agency shall submit with the notice required under s. 227.19 (2)
(4) Notice of changes in rule-making authority.
Whenever the rule-making authority of an agency is eliminated or significantly changed by the repeal, amendment or creation of a statute, by the interpretive decision of a court of competent jurisdiction or for any other reason, the legislative council staff shall notify the joint committee for review of administrative rules and the appropriate committees of each house of the legislature as determined by the presiding officer of each house. This subsection applies whether or not the rules of the agency are under review by the legislative council staff at the time of the change in rule-making authority.
(5) Annual report.
The legislative council staff shall submit an annual report to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
, and to the governor summarizing any action taken and making recommendations to streamline the rule-making process and eliminate obsolete, duplicative and conflicting rules.
(6) Public liaison.
The legislative council staff shall assist the public in resolving problems related to rules. The assistance shall include but is not limited to providing information, identifying agency personnel who may be contacted in relation to rule-making functions, describing the location where a copy of a rule, proposed rule or form is available and encouraging and assisting participation in the rule-making process.
(7) Rules procedures manual.
The legislative council staff and the revisor's bureau shall prepare a manual to provide agencies with information on drafting, promulgation and legislative review of rules.
When hearings required. 227.16(1)
Except as provided under sub. (2)
, all rule making by an agency shall be preceded by notice and public hearing as provided in ss. 227.17
(2) Subsection (1)
does not apply if any of the following conditions exist:
The proposed rule brings an existing rule into conformity with a statute that has been changed or enacted or with a controlling judicial decision.
The proposed rule is being promulgated at the direction of the joint committee for review of administrative rules under s. 227.26 (2) (b)
The proposed rule and the fiscal estimate required under s. 227.14 (4)
are published in the notice section of the register with a statement that the proposed rule will be promulgated without public hearing unless a petition is received by the agency within 30 days after publication of the notice, signed by any of the following:
Twenty-five natural persons who will be affected by the proposed rule.
A municipality that will be affected by the proposed rule.
An association which is representative of a farm, labor, business or professional group that will be affected by the proposed rule.
If the agency receives a petition under sub. (2) (e)
, it may not proceed with the proposed rule until after it has given notice and held a public hearing under ss. 227.17
The exemptions in sub. (2)
do not apply if another statute specifically requires the agency to hold a hearing prior to promulgating the proposed rule under consideration.
If a hearing is not required because of an exemption under sub. (2)
, the agency may hold a hearing on the proposed rule under ss. 227.17
For the purpose of soliciting public comment, an agency may hold a hearing on the general subject matter of possible or anticipated rules before preparing a proposed rule in draft form. A hearing held under this subsection does not satisfy the requirement of sub. (1)
with respect to the promulgation of a specific proposed rule.
History: 1985 a. 182
; 1995 a. 106
Notice of hearing. 227.17(1)(1)
If a hearing is required, the agency shall:
Send written notice of the hearing to the revisor for publication in the register and, if required, publish the notice in a local newspaper.
Send written notice of the hearing to each member of the legislature who has filed a written request for notice with the revisor. Upon request, the revisor shall furnish an agency with the name and address of each legislator who has requested notice.
Send written notice of the hearing to the secretary of administration on the same day that the notice is sent to the revisor under par. (a)
Take any action it considers necessary to provide notice to other interested persons.
The notice under sub. (1)
shall be given at least 10 days prior to the date set for a hearing. Notice through the register is considered to have been given on the first or 15th day of the month following publication or, if applicable, on the date prescribed under s. 227.22 (4)
The notice under sub. (1)
shall be approved by the individual or body with policy-making powers over the subject matter of the proposed rule.
A statement of the date, time and place of the hearing.
Either the text of the proposed rule in the form specified in s. 227.14 (1)
, or an informative summary of the effect of the proposed rule. If the agency chooses to publish an informative summary rather than the full text of a proposed rule, the notice shall include a description of how a copy of the text may be obtained from the agency at no charge.
A reference to the statutory authority under which the agency proposes to promulgate the proposed rule and to any statute which the proposed rule interprets.
The fiscal estimate required under s. 227.14 (4)
, or a summary of the fiscal estimate and a description of how a copy of the full fiscal estimate may be obtained from the agency at no charge.
If the proposed rule will have an effect on small businesses, as defined under s. 227.114 (1)
, an initial regulatory flexibility analysis, which shall contain a description of the types of small businesses that will be affected by the rule, a brief description of the proposed reporting, bookkeeping and other procedures required for compliance with the rule and a description of the types of professional skills necessary for compliance with the rule.
An agency may modify a proposed rule prior to a hearing without providing additional notice under this section if the modification is germane to the subject matter of the proposed rule. In this subsection, an agency's proposal to delete part of a proposed rule for which notice was given under sub. (1)
shall be treated as a germane modification of the proposed rule.
Failure of any person to receive notice of a hearing on proposed rule making is not grounds for invalidating the resulting rule if notice of the hearing was published as provided in sub. (1) (a)
Changes in proposed rule after notice was published did not so alter scope of proposed rule as to require second hearing. Brown County v. HSS Dept. 103 Wis. 2d 37
, 307 N.W.2d 247
Conduct of hearings. 227.18(1)(1)
An agency shall hold a public hearing at the date, time and place designated in the notice of hearing. The person conducting the hearing shall:
Explain the purpose of the hearing and describe how testimony will be received.
At the beginning of the hearing, present a summary of the factual information on which the proposed rule is based, including any information obtained from an advisory committee, informal conference or consultation.
Afford each interested person or a representative the opportunity to present facts, opinions or arguments in writing, whether or not there is an opportunity to present them orally.
Keep a record of the hearing in a manner the agency considers desirable and feasible.
The person conducting the hearing may:
Limit oral presentations if the hearing would be unduly lengthened by repetitious testimony.
Question or allow others present to question the persons appearing.
Administer an oath or affirmation to any person appearing.
Continue or postpone the hearing to a specified date, time and place.
If the agency officer or a quorum of the board or commission responsible for promulgating the proposed rule is not present at the hearing, the procedures in this subsection apply.
At the beginning of the hearing, the person conducting it shall inform those present that any person who presents testimony at the hearing may present his or her argument to the agency officer, board or commission prior to promulgation of the proposed rule if the request to do so is made in writing at the hearing.
If required by the agency officer, board or commission, an argument shall be presented to the agency in writing. If oral arguments are permitted, the agency officer, board or commission may impose reasonable limitations on the length and number of appearances to conserve time and preclude undue repetition.
If a record of the hearing has been made, arguments before the agency officer, board or commission shall be limited to the record of the hearing.
The procedures required by this section do not supersede procedures required by any statute relating to a specific agency or to the rule or class of rules under consideration.
History: 1985 a. 182
Legislative review prior to promulgation. 227.19(1)(1)
Statement of purpose; rule-making powers. 227.19(1)(a)(a) Article IV of the constitution
of this state vests in the legislature the power to make laws, and thereby to establish agencies and to designate agency functions, budgets and purposes. Article V of the constitution
of this state charges the executive with the responsibility to expedite all measures which may be resolved upon by the legislature.
The legislature recognizes the need for efficient administration of public policy. In creating agencies and designating their functions and purposes, the legislature may delegate rule-making authority to these agencies to facilitate administration of legislative policy. The delegation of rule-making authority is intended to eliminate the necessity of establishing every administrative aspect of general public policy by legislation. In so doing, however, the legislature reserves to itself:
The right to retract any delegation of rule-making authority.
The right to establish any aspect of general policy by legislation, notwithstanding any delegation of rule-making authority.
The right and responsibility to designate the method for rule promulgation, review and modification.
The right to delay or suspend the implementation of any rule or proposed rule while under review by the legislature.
(2) Notification of legislature.
An agency shall submit a notice to the presiding officer of each house of the legislature when a proposed rule is in final draft form. The notice shall be submitted in triplicate and shall be accompanied by a report in the form specified under sub. (3)
. A notice received under this subsection on or after November 1 of an even-numbered year shall be considered received on the first day of the next regular session of the legislature. Each presiding officer shall, within 7 working days following the day on which the notice and report are received, refer them to one committee, which may be either a standing committee or a joint legislative committee created by law, except the joint committee for review of administrative rules. The agency shall submit to the revisor for publication in the register a statement that a proposed rule has been submitted to the presiding officer of each house of the legislature. Each presiding officer shall enter a similar statement in the journal of his or her house.
(3) Form of report.
The report required under sub. (2)
shall be in writing and shall include the proposed rule in the form specified in s. 227.14 (1)
, the material specified in s. 227.14 (2)
, a copy of any recommendations of the legislative council staff and an analysis. The analysis shall include:
A statement explaining the need for the proposed rule.
An explanation of any modification made in the proposed rule as a result of testimony received at a public hearing.
A list of the persons who appeared or registered for or against the proposed rule at a public hearing.
A response to the legislative council staff recommendations under s. 227.15
Acceptance of the recommendations in whole or in part.
Rejection of the recommendations in whole or in part.
The specific reason for rejecting any recommendation.
Except as provided under sub. (3m)
, for all proposed rules that will have an effect on small businesses, as defined under s. 227.114 (1)
, a final regulatory flexibility analysis, which shall contain as much information about the following as the agency can feasibly obtain and analyze with its existing staff and resources:
The agency's reason for including or failing to include in the proposed rule any of the methods specified under s. 227.114 (2)
for reducing its impact on small businesses.
A summary of issues raised by small businesses during the hearings on the proposed rule, any changes in the proposed rule as a result of alternatives suggested by small businesses and the reasons for rejecting any alternatives suggested by small businesses.
The nature of any reports and the estimated cost of their preparation by small businesses that must comply with the rule.
The nature and estimated cost of other measures and investments that will be required of small businesses in complying with the rule.
The additional cost, if any, to the agency of administering or enforcing a rule which includes any of the methods specified under s. 227.114 (2)
The impact on public health, safety and welfare, if any, caused by including in the rule any of the methods specified under s. 227.114 (2)
(3m) Analysis not required.
The final regulatory flexibility analysis specified under sub. (3) (e)
is not required for any rule if the agency, after complying with s. 227.114 (1)
, determines that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses.
Notice of referral.
Upon receipt of notice that a proposed rule has been referred to a committee under sub. (2)
, the chairperson or chairpersons of the committee shall notify, in writing, each committee member of the referral.
A committee may be convened upon the call of its chairperson or cochairpersons to review a proposed rule. A committee may meet separately or jointly with the other committee to which the notice and report were referred. A committee may hold a public hearing to review a proposed rule.