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New York State Legal Research: Regulations

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The New York State Legislature frequently delegates its authority to create law to administrative agencies. Rules proposed by administrative agencies are reviewed by the Administrative Regulations Review Commission for compliance with legislative intent as well as impact on the economy and effected parties. A Notice of Proposed Rule Making is then published in the New York State Register, where public comments are solicited. A Notice of Adoption published in the New York State Register signifies that the rule has become final. Final rules are eventually compiled in New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.

New York State Register

The New York State Register is the official journal of the New York state government. It is published weekly by the New York Department of State and chronicles rule making activity, notices of public hearings, regulatory agenda, and executive orders. It can be accessed through the New York Department of State, HeinOnline, and Lexis.

New York Codes, Rules and Regulations

New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations is the official compilation of the rules of New York. It is published by the New York Department of State. It consists of 22 titles, corresponding to executive departments, authorities, boards, commissions, and the courts.

Executive Orders

Executive orders are issued by the governor. They are published in Title 9, Subtitle A, Chapter I of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. They are also published in the New York State Register and by the Office of the Governor.

New York Codes, Rules and Regulations

New York State Register

Office of the Governor

Agency Materials

Each agency selects what materials it chooses to publish. Both Westlaw and Lexis provide access to a variety of administrative decisions, opinions, and rulings. However, the best way to locate agency materials is often by visiting individual agency websites.

Administrative Decisions, Opinions, and Rulings

  • Westlaw (coverage varies by agency)
  • Lexis (coverage varies by agency)

Individual Agency Websites