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Federal Regulation

Once a Bill Is Signed Into Law, the Regulatory Process Begins

In a typical regulatory process:

  • The governing agency issues a proposed rule.
  • That proposed rule is published in the federal register noting an allotted time for the submission of public comments, typically referred to as the public comment period, normally lasting either 30 or 60 days.
  • After the comment period is closed, the agency reviews the comments and begins work on the final rule.

Unless defined by law, the agency is under no mandate to issue the final rule within a specified time frame. Once the agency has completed its regulatory review, it publishes the final rule in the federal register. The information below provides you with the proposed rule, AANP’s submitted comments to that proposal and, where applicable, the final rule and AANP’s accomplishments in accordance with the agency's final regulation.