Maine Revised Statutes

§8051-B. Consensus-based rule development process

1. Agency authority.  An agency may voluntarily engage in a consensus-based rule development process. An agency that develops a draft rule through a consensus-based rule development process retains the sole discretion over whether to submit the rule as a proposed rule and as to the final language of the proposed rule.
[ 1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW) .]
2. Initial considerations.  As part of a consensus-based rule development process, an agency shall:
A. Establish a representative group of participants with an interest in the subject of the rulemaking; [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
B. Develop ground rules for the operation of the consensus-based rule development process that are mutually acceptable to the agency and the participants; [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
C. Disclose the funding and time constraints on the agency; [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
D. Give prior notice of all meetings to the representative group of participants and establish a mechanism for other interested parties to receive notice and information regarding all meetings; [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
E. Select an agency employee or another individual contracted by the agency to chair or facilitate the meetings; and [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
F. Distribute a summary and submitted materials from all meetings to the representative group of participants and other interested parties. [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
[ 1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW) .]
3. Record.  An agency that engages in a consensus-based rule development process that results in a proposed rule shall maintain:
A. A list of all meetings held, the participants at each meeting and the interests or organizations they represented; [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
B. A summary of each of the meetings; and [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
C. A description by the agency of the consensus-based rule development process and an analysis of the decisions that came out of that process, including the extent to which consensus was reached on the decisions. [1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).]
[ 1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW) .]
4. Judicial review.  An agency action to engage in or terminate a consensus-based rule development process is not subject to judicial review. This section does not bar judicial review of a rule finally adopted by an agency following a consensus-based rule development process if such a review is otherwise available by law as long as the basis for review is other than procedural error in the consensus-based rule development process.
[ 1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1999, c. 307, §2 (NEW).

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