Regulations Glossary

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Administrative Procedure Act (APA): Chapter 3.5 of the Government Code provides APA requirements. Beginning with section 11340, it cites the procedures that state agencies must follow in regulatory matters and the Office of Administrative Law's (OAL) review authority.

California Code of Regulations (CCR): The CCR is the repository of regulations adopted by state agencies. Regulations about pesticides and pest control operations are mainly in Title 3, Division 6, and Title 16, Division 19.

California Regulatory Notice Register (Notice Register or Z Register): Weekly OAL publication, containing rulemaking notices and other information related to regulations.

Changes without regulatory effect (Section 100 change): The change does not materially alter any requirement, right, responsibility, prescription or other regulatory element. Title 1, Section 100 changes are not subject to the public notice and comment requirements of the APA.

Emergency regulations: An emergency regulation is for a situation that calls for action to avoid serious harm to the public peace, health, safety, and general welfare. Emergency regulation may become effective before any public notice and hearing. Emergency regulations remain in effect for a 180-day period.

Informative digest: The informative digest is a summary of existing laws and regulations directly related to the adoption, amendment or repeal, and the effect of these changes. Its purpose is to help people quickly determine the effect of the regulation so they can decide if they want to submit comments.

Notice of proposed action: The notice is published in the Notice Register to alert the public that a regulatory activity is planned. It has basic information on the rulemaking. It also has instructions on how the public may submit comments about the rulemaking. The notice is available to the public and is mailed to people on the department's mailing list and to others who request it. E-mail is available as a delivery option. The notice is also posted on the department's Web site.

Office of Administrative Law (OAL): OAL is the state agency providing oversight of regulatory actions by other state agencies, with authority to approve or disapprove regulations, based on legal and procedural requirements.

Public comment period: The APA requires state agencies to set aside a 45-day period to receive input from the public on all regulations. The dates of the comment period are in the Notice of Proposed Action.

Public hearing: A state agency may or may not schedule a public hearing on the regulatory action. If none is scheduled, an interested party may ask for one. The agency must comply if the request is received no later than 15 days before the end of the 45-day public comment period.

Regulations: The APA defines a regulation as "every rule, regulation, order or standard of general application adopted by any state agency to implement, interpret, or make specific the law enforced or administered by it." Regulations have the full force and effect of law.

Rulemaking record: The rulemaking record is the official record of the rulemaking proceeding. It is the basis for OAL decisions on whether to approve regulations. The rulemaking record is available for inspection by the public. For information on how to request public records, go to DPR’s Web site.

Statement of reasons: The statement of reasons describes why the agency believes the regulation is necessary and provides the basis for the decision to take this course of action.

Statute: A statute is law passed by the Legislature. After a statute is enacted, a state agency may adopt, amend or repeal regulations that will carry out, interpret or clarify the statute.

Text of regulation: The text is the actual language of a regulation and carries the force of law once adopted.