Nebraska Revised Statute 84-907.04

Chapter 84 Section 907.04

84-907.04.

Proposed rule or regulation; explanatory statement; contents; use; agency; written report; contents.

(1) At the time an agency finalizes a proposed rule or regulation and prior to submission to the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Governor, the agency shall attach to the proposed rule or regulation a concise explanatory statement containing:

(a) Its reasons for adopting the rule or regulation;

(b) An indication of any change between the text of the proposed rule or regulation contained or referenced in the published notice and the text of the rule or regulation to be adopted, with the reasons for any change; and

(c) When procedural rules differ from the model rules, the agency's reasons why relevant portions of the model rules were impracticable under the circumstances.

(2) Only the reasons contained in the concise explanatory statement may be used by an agency as justifications for the adoption of the rule or regulation in any proceeding in which its validity is at issue.

(3) The agency shall also attach to the proposed rule or regulation a written report that includes a summary of the testimony offered at the public hearing and that lists any specific issues or questions that were presented by individuals or representatives of organizations at the hearing or in written testimony submitted as part of the public hearing process. The report shall also include a response from the agency proposing the regulatory change to the questions and issues that were presented by individuals or representatives of organizations at the hearing or in written testimony submitted as part of the public hearing process. The written report shall also be submitted to the Executive Board of the Legislative Council. The chairperson of the executive board or committee staff member of the executive board shall refer each written report received pursuant to this subsection for review (a) to the chairperson of the standing committee of the Legislature which has subject matter jurisdiction over the issue involved in the rule or regulation or which has traditionally handled the issue and (b) if practicable, to the member of the Legislature who was the primary sponsor of a legislative bill that granted the agency the rulemaking authority if the member is still serving or, if the legislative bill was amended to include the rulemaking authority, to the member of the Legislature who was the primary sponsor of the amendment that granted rulemaking authority if the member is still serving.

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