Vol. 29 Iss. 19 - May 20, 2013
Legislation lengthens duration of emergency regulations - Effective July 1, 2013
■ SB 1043
(Chapter 629, 2013 Acts of Assembly) amends the Administrative Process Act to extend the initial effective period of emergency regulations from 12 months to 18 months. The legislation applies to emergency regulations promulgated on and after July 1, 2013.
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