Major Substantive Rules
The deadline for submission of provisionally adopted Major Substantive Rules for the
Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature is 5:00 p.m., FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018.
Since January 1, 1996, whenever the Legislature enacts a statute giving rulemaking authority to a state agency, the statute must specify whether the rule is routine technical or major substantive. If the statute does not specify, the rule is usually treated as routine technical. If the rule was adopted under authority granted to the agency before January 1, 1996, the rule is also treated like a routine technical rule.
For a major substantive rule, the agency must follow the same rulemaking process as for a routine technical rule, except that instead of finally adopting the rule at the end of the process, the agency must provisionally adopt the rule. Before finally adopting the rule, the agency must submit the provisional rule to the Legislature for review and approval.