FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING CITY AGENCIES TO POST UPCOMING HEARINGS ON PROPOSED RULES ONLINE
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 698-A, sponsored by Council Members Chin, Garodnick, Jackson, James, Lander, Mendez, Palma, Rose, Seabrook, Vann, Mark-Viverito, Dromm, Mealy, Lappin, Gennaro, Williams, Van Bramer, Vacca, Rodriguez, Koo and Halloran. This legislation requires agencies to post on their web site information relating to the rules that they are in the process of promulgating.
"City agencies enact rules through a legal process that provides the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed rules before they become law. To streamline this process, in April of 2007 I signed Executive Order 133, which created the NYCRules web site, a one-stop shop for rulemaking procedures Citywide. On NYCRules, New Yorkers can learn about regulatory changes in every agency and provide comment from their home computer - and over the past year, thousands have done just that.
"Introductory Number 698-A requires each agency to post on its web site certain information about upcoming rules including notice of upcoming public hearings to discuss the rules. It would also require agencies to post on their web sites a link to the NYCRules page. These requirements build on our Administration's efforts to perform the maximum possible outreach when changing agency regulations.
"I would like to thank Counselor to the Mayor Anthony Crowell, Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations Liz Weinstein, and the staff in both of their offices for their work on this bill along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs. I would also like to thank the City Council for approving this legislation."
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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