All state agency regulations now available online
All state agency regulations are now electronically available to the public through the state of Connecticut’s website at www.ct.gov/eregulations
In addition to an accessible database of state agency regulations, the new eRegulations website also will contain all agency notices of intent to adopt new regulations, as well as all emergency regulations.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill made an announcement on the status of the eRegulations website on Monday, July 1.
‘A right to know’
“Regulations, just like the general statutes, are law, and the people of Connecticut have a right to know when there are new regulations or changes to existing regulations that may affect them without having to purchase an expensive subscription to a legal research service.,” Malloy said.
“That’s why, starting today, we are making all state regulations electronically accessible to taxpayers,” he said Monday.
Although the site is effective on July 1, it will temporarily fill an information void until a more comprehensive eRegulations system is established next summer.
The eRegulations system will provide real-time access to all state regulations with robust searching capabilities and should make the state’s regulation process more accessible, efficient and transparent.
Features will include full access to the regulation-making record, the ability to easily track where a proposed regulatory change is in the process, and email notifications.
According to Merrill, “We now the ability to provide the regulated community with basic access to all state regulations, so I decided to move forward with this temporary measure, consistent with the core mission of my office.
“While the public and regulated community should be gratified that the regulations are now online, I think they will be very pleased when the new system is unveiled next year,” Merrill said.
The roll-out of the temporary eRegulations site corresponds with other changes required by Public Act 13-274, which was introduced by Malloy and unanimously approved by the state Legislature this session.
The other changes include:
— Notices of intent will no longer be printed in the Connecticut Law Journal, a publication of the state Judicial Branch, and all notices will now be posted on the secretary of the state’s website. The public comment period will be triggered when notices of intent are posted.
—All emergency regulations, along with the governor’s approval letter as required by existing statute, will be posted on the secretary of the state’s website.
— Regulations approved by the state Legislature’s Regulation Review Committee will continue to be published in the Connecticut Law Journal until the new system is implemented. However, copies also will be posted on the secretary of the state’s website.