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      RS 30:2019     

  

§2019. Promulgation of rules and regulations

            A. The procedure for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule or regulation shall be in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:950 et seq.

            B. A rule or regulation or any amendment thereof may differ in its terms and provisions as between particular conditions, sources, and areas of the state.

            C. Except for R.S. 49:953.1, promulgation of rules or regulations requiring a permit, license, or compliance schedule of a previously unregulated industry or practice shall not be initiated prior to a public hearing being held. Such hearing shall be held in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

            D.(1)(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Subtitle to the contrary, this Subsection shall be complied with prior to or concurrent with the proposal of any rule.

            (b) The secretary or his designee shall make a written determination, based on sound scientific information, that the environmental and public health benefits to be derived from the proposed rule outweigh the social and economic costs reasonably expected to result from the proposed rule. This written determination shall be submitted to the legislative fiscal office for its review. The written determination shall be submitted at the same time to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget for its approval. The written determination, at a minimum, shall include an assessment of the environmental and public health benefits to be derived from the proposed rule; the estimated economic cost to all persons directly affected by the proposed rule; and an explanation of the data, assumptions, and methods used in making the determination. These factors shall be identified to the maximum extent practical and, where feasible, quantified. A statement that the environmental and public health benefits to be derived from the proposed rule outweigh the social and economic costs reasonably expected to result from the proposed rule, which has been submitted for review to the legislative fiscal office, shall be included in any notice required under R.S. 49:953(A).

            (2) Subparagraph (1)(b) of this Subsection shall not apply to any rule that meets any of the following criteria:

            (a) Is required for compliance with a federal law or regulation.

            (b) Is identical to a federal law or regulation applicable in Louisiana.

            (c) Will cost the state and affected persons less than one million dollars, in the aggregate, to implement.

            (d) Is an emergency rule under R.S. 49:953.1.

            (3) For purposes of this Subsection, the term "identical" shall mean that the proposed rule has the same content and meaning as the corresponding federal law or regulation.

            (4) Prior to proposal of any rule which meets an exception allowed in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection, the secretary or his designee shall certify for the public record that the proposed rule complies with any of the exceptions provided for in Paragraph (2) of this Subsection.

            Acts 1983, No. 97, §1, eff. Feb. 1, 1984; Acts 1987, No. 546, §1, eff. July 9, 1987; Acts 1991, No. 190, §1; Acts 1995, No. 600, §1, eff. June 18, 1995; Acts 1999, No. 303, §1, eff. June 14, 1999; Acts 2005, No. 21, §1; Acts 2021, No. 211, §6.



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