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The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) ensures that agency regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid, and available to the public. OAL is responsible for reviewing administrative regulations proposed by over 200 state agencies for compliance with the standards set forth in California’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA), for transmitting these regulations to the Secretary of State and for publishing regulations in the California Code of Regulations.

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Update to Governor's Executive Orders Regarding Extensions to APA Deadlines. 
Executive Order N-08-21, issued on June 11, 2021, states that the extensions to the APA deadlines provided for in Executive Order N-40-20 will remain in place through June 30, 2021, and then will terminate, with the following exception:

Rulemakings published in the California Regulatory Notice Register (CRNR) pursuant to Government Code section 11346.4(a)(5) prior to June 30, 2021 (regular rulemaking actions including certificates of compliance). The extensions from the prior executive orders that apply to this exception [if an agency publishes a Notice of Proposed Action (NOPA) by June 29, 2021] are:

     .  The one-year deadline is extended by an extra 120 days [Gov. Code, sec.

     .  OAL’s 30 working day review of those rulemakings (except for Certificates of 
        Compliance) is extended by 120 days [Gov. Code, sec. 11349.3(a)]; and,

     .  If disapproved, the agency has an additional 120 days to resubmit the rulemaking
        [Gov. Code, sec. 11349.4(a)]

Everything else “expires” after June 30th. This means that no more extensions to those deadlines listed in paragraph 1 of Executive Order N-40-20 accrue (except as stated above). Therefore, as of July 1, 2021, approval notices issued by OAL will not reflect any new extensions to emergency matters (or their readoptions). If an extension was previously granted by an Executive Order on or prior to June 30th, it remains in effect.


Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-40-20, issued March 30, 2020, extended  by 60 calendar days the following deadlines that affect state agency rulemaking actions under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) during the state of emergency:

  • The one year deadline for expiration of a Notice of Proposed Action (NOPA) and submission to OAL of proposed regulatory actions under a NOPA (Government Code, section 11346.4(b));
  • The deadline for expiration of emergency regulations (Government Code, section 11346.1(e));
  • The deadline to readopt emergency regulations (Government Code, section 11346.1(h));
  • The 120 day deadline to resubmit disapproved rulemaking actions (Government Code, section 11349.4(a)); and,

The 30 working day deadline for OAL to review proposed regular and non-substantive rulemaking actions submitted to OAL for review (Government Code, section 11349.3(a) and California Code of Regulations, title 1, section 100).


Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-71-20, issued June 30, 2020, extended by 60 additional days the foregoing deadlines that affect state agency rulemaking actions under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).



  • Second 15-Day Notice - OAL Proposed Rulemaking on Underground Regulations.    Pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.8(c) and section 44 of title 1of the California Code of Regulations, OAL is accepting comments on proposed changes to sections 250, 260, 270, and 280 of title 1, beginning August 5, 2022, and ending on August 23, 2022. All comments should be directed to the email address listed in the Second 15-Day Notice of Modification to Text of Proposed Action. Rulemaking documents are posted on the OAL Proposed Rulemaking on Underground Regulations page and available upon request to the email address listed in the notice. 




  • Public Comment Period for OAL's Conflict of Interest Code.     Pursuant to Title 2, California Code of Regulations, section 18750(a)(3)(A)(i), OAL will be accepting comments regarding the Notice of Intention to Amend the Conflict of Interest Code commencing on April 15, 2022 and closing on May 30, 2022.    All inquiries should be directed to the contact person listed in the Notice.


California Governor Seal

Gavin Newsom

Office of the Governor

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Amy Tong

Secretary, Government Operations Agency

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Kenneth J. Pogue


Contact OAL

Office of Administrative Law
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1250
Sacramento, CA 95814-4339

Phone: (916) 323-6225
CALNET: (916) 473-6225
Fax: (916) 323-6826
Email: staff@oal.ca.gov

Reference Attorney
Voicemail Line: (916) 323-6815
Email: staff@oal.ca.gov

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