Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday a new website that will make it easier for Iowans to weigh in on the implementation and enforcement of state laws.
The website — rules.Iowa.gov — lists all of the proposed administrative rules that are open for comment. Those rules are suggested by the agency responsible for implementing the law and are open for a public comment period and, on occasion, a public hearing.
“Before the website’s launch, Iowans had to be very familiar with the rule-making process in order to weigh in,” Reynolds said.
She said that previously, users would have to navigate through several websites to find the rule they were looking for and then would be prompted to call someone, send comments through the mail, or fax in written comments.
The website now lists all rules that are open for comment as well as the ones that are generating the most feedback. Users can highlight sections of the proposal and type in their comments.
“Our administration is committed to continuing to make state government more open and transparent, and rules.Iowa.gov is certainly a step in the right direction to making that happen,” Reynolds said.
Users can also print out the proposal and request a public hearing over any of the proposals.
“I would not be surprised if we get more people requesting public hearings,” Branstad said. “I think it will dramatically increase the number of comments from the public, because it will be much simpler.”
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