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Regulation-Making in Connecticut

by Mazur, Catherine


Curious about the regulatory process in Connecticut? The E-Regulations System, maintained by the Secretary of State's office, offers an overview of Regulation-Making in Connecticut:

Regulations are rules adopted by Connecticut state agencies and some boards and commissions. Regulations are adopted in Connecticut pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act Chapter 54 of the General Statutes and the rules of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee (LRRC). Generally, a regulation must (1) be properly noticed, (2) have a public comment period, (3) be approved by the Attorney General as to legal sufficiency, (4) be approved by the LRRC, and (5) be filed in the Secretary of the State's office.
Agencies may only adopt regulations that are authorized by Connecticut statute. Some agencies have very broad authority to adopt regulations, while other agencies have more limited authority that is often limited to a particular topic. With some exceptions, an agency’s regulation-making authority generally falls into two categories, mandatory and permissive. Mandatory regulations are those that an agency is required to write pursuant to a public act. Many agencies also have permissive regulatory authority, which means they have authority to write regulations on a particular topic, but are not required to do so.

There is also a Glossary of Terms and Acronyms and a helpful guide for users searching for regulations: How to Use this Site.