A new feature on the Secretary of State’s website offers streamlined access to state agency rules and regulations. The changes have further opened the doors of government to the public, allowing a simpler method for following public hearings and tracking changes in public policy as they are proposed and implemented. An expanded search engine makes it simple to explore administrative rules online using search fields that include the name of the agency, rule title or number, keywords, file dates and type of rule. New filings are also available in “real time” as they are added to the database. Previously rules were listed online by filing numbers only, a system that was difficult for members of the general public to navigate. The improvements now allow instant access to the full text of rules that have been filed electronically with the office since 2001. With more than 75,000 hits to the rules section of the website each month, this expanded service is a welcome addition for the rule-filing agencies, law firms, publishing houses and general public who reference these documents. More than a year in development and testing, the features were designed in cooperation with administrative rules and information technology staff members and the Information Network of Arkansas. To access the site, visit www.sos.arkansas.gov and click on “Research State Agency Rules and Regs” under the Elections section.
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