(a) As used in this section, “electronic communication” includes electronic transmission of written or graphical material by electronic mail, facsimile, or other means, but does not include voice communication.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter that refers to mailing or sending, or to oral or written communication:
Terms Used In California Government Code 11340.85
- Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
- Person: includes any person, firm, association, organization, partnership, limited liability company, business trust, corporation, or company. See California Education Code 19426
- Process: includes a writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings of either a civil or criminal nature. See California Education Code 19431
- Subdivision: means a subdivision of the section in which the term occurs unless some other section is expressly mentioned. See California Education Code 19404
(1) An agency may permit and encourage use of electronic communication, but may not require use of electronic communication.
(2) An agency may publish or distribute a document required by this chapter or by a regulation implementing this chapter by means of electronic communication, but shall not make that the exclusive means by which the document is published or distributed.
(3) A notice required or authorized by this chapter or by a regulation implementing this chapter may be delivered to a person by means of electronic communication if the person has expressly indicated a willingness to receive the notice by means of electronic communication.
(4) A comment regarding a regulation may be delivered to an agency by means of electronic communication.
(5) A petition regarding a regulation may be delivered to an agency by means of electronic communication if the agency has expressly indicated a willingness to receive a petition by means of electronic communication.
(c) An agency that maintains an Internet Web site or other similar forum for the electronic publication or distribution of written material shall publish on that Web site or other forum information regarding a proposed regulation or regulatory repeal or amendment, that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) Any public notice required by this chapter or by a regulation implementing this chapter.
(2) The initial statement of reasons prepared pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 11346.2.
(3) The final statement of reasons prepared pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 11346.9.
(4) Notice of a decision not to proceed prepared pursuant to Section 11347.
(5) The text of a proposed action or instructions on how to obtain a copy of the text.
(6) A statement of any decision made by the office regarding a proposed action.
(7) The date a rulemaking action is filed with the Secretary of State.
(8) The effective date of a rulemaking action.
(9) A statement to the effect that a business or person submitting a comment regarding a proposed action has the right to request a copy of the final statement of reasons.
(10) The text of a proposed emergency adoption, amendment, or repeal of a regulation pursuant to Section 11346.1 and the date it was submitted to the office for review and filing.
(d) A document that is required to be posted pursuant to subdivision (c) shall be posted within a reasonable time after issuance of the document, and shall remain posted until at least 15 days after (1) the rulemaking action is filed with the Secretary of State, or (2) notice of a decision not to proceed is published pursuant to Section 11347. Publication under subdivision (c) supplements any other required form of publication or distribution. Failure to comply with this section is not grounds for disapproval of a proposed regulation. Subdivision (c) does not require an agency to establish or maintain a Web site or other forum for the electronic publication or distribution of written material.
(e) Nothing in this section precludes the office from requiring that the material submitted to the office for publication in the California Code of Regulations or the California Regulatory Notice Register be submitted in electronic form.
(f) This section is intended to make the regulatory process more user-friendly and to improve communication between interested parties and the regulatory agencies.
(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 713, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2007.)