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What are regulations?

Regulations are "designed to implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy or to describe the procedure of practice requirements of an agency" - E.O. 12866, section 3(d)

Many laws enacted by Congress require agencies to issue regulations. Executive branch agencies are granted the power to implement regulations relating to matters within their jurisdiction.

Agencies translate laws into detailed and precise rules for implementing statutes assigned to them. Regulations have the force and effect of law.

The above applies to both federal and state agencies.

For Michigan specifically, the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth defines a rule as:

"An administrative rule is an agency's written regulation, statement, standard, policy, ruling, or instruction that has the effect of law. A state agency writes rules under authority of state statute, the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the Michigan Constitution, and applicable federal law. The Administrative Procedures Act, Act No. 306 of the Public Acts of 1969, being MCL 24.201 et seq., defines the term "rule" as follows:

An administrative rule is an agency's written regulation, statement, standard, policy, ruling, or instruction that has the effect of law. A state agency writes rules under authority of state statute, the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act, the Michigan Constitution, and applicable federal law."

 

The Regulatory Process

Understanding Citations

60 FR 41578 = volume 60 of the Federal Register, page 41578

42 CFR 102.34 = title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 102, subsection 34

How to Read the Federal Register

Interactive guide to the Federal Register (OMBWatch)

Mouseover sections of the Federal Register notice to see explanations of each part of a Federal Register entry.

 
 

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