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*These comments are also available for inspection and copying at the offices of the Natural Resources Commission, Indiana Government Center-North, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N501, Indianapolis, Indiana. The comments are also made available at the public hearings as required by IC 4-22-2-26.
In accordance with IC 4-22-2-28.1, the 2014 Director's Annual Report, with respect to the function of the small business regulatory coordinators assigned to Indiana Administrative Rules adopted under Title 312 Natural Resources Commission, has been submitted to the Legislative Council and to the Small Business Ombudsman designated under IC 4-4-35-8.
The Commission has developed a process by which a person may petition for a rule change for rules within the Commission's jurisdiction. Included is any rule proposal submitted by an individual, a corporation, an association, a local unit of government, another state agency, a federal agency, or another person. The person may seek the adoption of a new rule, an amended rule, a recodified rule, a rule repeal or a similar action with respect to a nonrule policy document.
The Commission's Division of Hearings uses an unofficial checklist to assist with rule adoptions. An abbreviated form of the checklist is included as an informal reference. A brief PowerPoint presentation of the rule adoption process can be accessed here.
Final NRC Action
To the extent practical, the Commission will take final action on proposed rule amendments at its next scheduled meeting following the date of the last public hearing. The timeline in the rule docket below is subject to change, but will be periodically updated as the rule adoption process proceeds.
The Natural Resources Commission adopted nonrule policy document, Information Bulletin #55. The primary purpose of this bulletin is to encourage consistency, transparency and efficiency in the development of hearing officer reports by employees of the Division of Hearings to the Natural Resources Commission. Information Bulletin #55 clarifies that citizens must identify themselves when filing comments in order for those comments to be included in a report or to be considered by a hearing officer in an analysis. The nonrule policy document also clarifies that public comments will be accepted through the comment form on this page, sent to the Commission by regular mail, or if approved by the Commission, by telephone.