Rulemaking 101: the power of the public voice and the rulemaking process in Oregon.

Rulemaking is an essential part of lawmaking. When the Oregon State Legislature passes a law, that is just the beginning. The law is basically a decree. A new law declares what lawmakers have decided to do, but it says very little about how everyone will need to do it. The how part is called the rulemaking process. It is also the part where the voice of the public is tremendously important.

The voices of Oregon citizens are essential to ensuring the rulemaking process. But because the rulemaking process can sometimes be complex, people who care about issues like climate change do not always know how to take part. To help with that, we put together a ‘Rulemaking 101’ video to help clarify the process.

This video is a conversation featuring Bill Bradbury, former Oregon Secretary of State, and Hogan Sherrow, founder and president of ROCPAC (Rural Oregon Climate Political Action Committee). Questions addressed include ‘what is a rule?’ Answers deal with the examples of recent climate laws, including the new Executive Order (the Oregon Climate Action Plan) passed by the Governor in March 2020.

Click the video as Bill Bradbury and Hogan Sherrow walk us through Rulemaking 101: the power of the public voice and the rulemaking process in Oregon.

We hope you enjoyed the video! To learn more, check out these articles : Rulemaking: The Basics. Check back for new posts, we will be posting also information about public comment periods, as well as the strength building in coalitions.

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