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Law Requires Agencies to Post Rule Changes Online

City Website Offers Places To Comment

by Sam Goldman

A new law will now require every city agency to post upcoming rules and public hearing information on regulatory changes.

The bill, 698-A, will require agencies to post on their websites a link to NYCRules, a website that the city created in 2007 that provides a onestop shop for rulemaking procedures citywide.

City agencies must enact the new rules through a legal process that provides the public with an opportunity to comment on them before they become law.

“On NYCRules, New Yorkers can learn about regulatory changes in every agency and provide comment from their home computer,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a Mar. 7 statement, “and over the past year, thousands have done just that.”

“These requirements,” he added, “build on our administration’s efforts to perform the maximum possible outreach when changing agency regulations.”

Among the bill’s sponsors were Council Members Daniel Dromm, James Gennaro, Jimmy Van Bramer, Peter Koo and Dan Halloran.

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