State agencies can make rules to implement laws under procedures set out in the Administrative Procedures Act (75 OS 250-323). Administrative rules have the effect of law.
Before becoming effective, permanent rules are subject to a comprehensive rulemaking process that includes review and approval by the Oklahoma Legislature. State agencies are required to accept public comment about proposed rules and may also hold hearingss. When the Legislature is not in session, agencies may enact emergency rules through special procedures, which require approval by the Governor.
Oklahoma’s official rules, rulemaking notices, and executive orders are compiled in The Oklahoma Register and the Oklahoma Administrative Code by the Office of Administrative Rules, which is a division of the Secretary of State.