There are two ways in which a member of the public can submit public comments on a proposed regulation: by submitting written comments to the regulations coordinator or by attending the public hearing and submitting written and/or oral comments. All comments must be made during the public comment period in order to be considered by the rulemaking agency [either the California Department of Education (CDE) or the State Board of Education (SBE)].
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) specifies when the public comment period ends. It commences the day the Notice is published in the California Regulatory Notice Register (Outside Source). CDE also places the publication date in two places: 1) at the top of the Notice, underneath the title of the regulation and 2) directly to the right of the Notice listed on the CDE’s Proposed Rulemaking & Regulations Web page.
If substantive amendments are made to the regulations at the end of the 45 day public comment period, then the regulations will be circulated for additional comments for a period of 15 days. The amended regulations will only be sent to those individuals who submitted written comments or who appeared and spoke at the public hearing. In some instances, if the regulations have been amended drastically from their original concept, the additional comment period will be 45 days. Every time the regulations are circulated for additional comments, the rulemaking agency will issue a Notice specifying when the public comment period begins and ends, and specifies where comments must be directed.
Written comments can be submitted to the Regulations Coordinator during an open public comment period by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 916-319-0155 or by regular mail to Regulations Coordinator, 1430 N Street, Room 5319, Sacramento, California, 95814. The regulation on which the comment is being made must be specified.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions on submitting written and/or oral comments on draft regulations.