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How to Participate

Public Involvement in Rulemaking

Public input is important to the rulemaking process. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) involves the public in several ways, including inviting participation from interested individuals, representatives of key organizations or interests, or from existing or new advisory committees.
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Rulemaking Notice

Notice of every proposed permanent rulemaking is filed with the Secretary of State and published in the Secretary of State’s Oregon Bulletin. In addition, ODOT sends emails alerts to people who have signed up to receive email notification when new rulemaking information is posted to this website each month.

The Secretary of State publishes the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Oregon Bulletin, but not the draft rule text. You will find the proposed rule text within these web pages. Click one of the links to the left to see what rulemaking actions are being worked on in the various divisions of ODOT.

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Sign up for E-mail Alerts

If you would like to be notified automatically when these rulemaking pages are updated, CLICK HERE to subscribe or modify your subscription. You may request alerts for any ODOT division or all of them.
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Commenting on Proposed Rules

When ODOT files a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking it is followed by a public comment period for the length of time specified in the notice, usually 21 days. Any person may comment on rules in writing. Comments may be sent to the ODOT Rules Coordinator by email, U.S. mail, or by fax. The mailing address and fax number are provided on the Contact Us page.

There is no particular format required for submitting comments; however, please include the rule number or the rule topic. Please note the comment deadline stated in the notice; comments received after the deadline cannot be considered.

All written comments ODOT receives become part of the permanent rulemaking record and are disclosable under public records law. 

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Public Hearings

A public rulemaking hearing may be scheduled for any rulemaking action by publishing the hearing details in the rulemaking notice filed with the Secretary of State. If the agency does not schedule a hearing with the rulemaking notice, a hearing may be requested in writing by 10 individuals or an association with a membership of 10 or more individuals.

Participating in a hearing. Any person may attend a public rulemaking hearing and give oral testimony, or submit written testimony, or simply observe the proceeding. Written comments submitted outside the hearing setting carry exactly the same weight as hearing testimony if ODOT receives the comments by the comment deadline.

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Approval Process

After the public comment period has expired, proposed rules are sent to the Oregon Transportation Commission for approval before they can be filed with the Secretary of State. Final rules may become effective upon filing with the Secretary of State or at a later date specified by ODOT.

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