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Subchapter 003 : RULEMAKING; PROCEDURES; GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS(Cite as: 3 V.S.A. § 817)
§ 817. Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules
(a) There is created a joint legislative committee to be known as the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules. The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules shall be composed of eight members of the General Assembly to be appointed for two-year terms ending on February 1 of odd-numbered years as follows: four members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House, not all from the same party, and four members of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Committees, not all from the same party. The Committee shall elect a chair and a vice chair from among its members.
(b) The Committee shall meet as necessary for the prompt discharge of its duties and may use the staff and services of the Office of Legislative Counsel and the Office of Legislative Operations. The Committee shall adopt rules to govern its operation and organization. A quorum of the Committee shall consist of five members. For attendance at a meeting when the General Assembly is not in session, members of the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and reimbursement for necessary expenses as provided members of standing committees under 2 V.S.A. § 23.
(c) The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules may hold public hearings on a proposed or previously adopted rule on its own initiative. The Committee shall give public notice of any hearing at least 10 days in advance and shall notify the agency affected. Any public hearing shall be scheduled at a time and place chosen to afford opportunity for affected persons to present their views. As appropriate, the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules shall consult with the standing legislative committee having jurisdiction in the area of the rule under review.
(d) In addition to its powers under section 842 of this title concerning rules, the Committee may, in similar manner, conduct public hearings, object, and file objections concerning existing rules. A rule reviewed under this subsection shall remain in effect until amended or repealed.
(e) At any time following its consideration of a final proposal under section 841 of this title, the Committee, by majority vote of the entire Committee, may request that any standing committees of the General Assembly review the issues or questions presented therein which are outside the jurisdiction of the Committee but are within the jurisdiction of the standing committees. On receiving a request for review under this subsection, a standing committee may at its discretion review the issues or questions and act on them. The Committee's request for review shall not affect the review or review period of a final proposal. (Added 1975, No. 211 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1979, No. 59, § 12; 1981, No. 82, § 4; 1983, No. 88, § 10, eff. July 3, 1983; 2011, No. 89 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2013, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 72; 2019, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 20.)