Tips for Effective Comments

Feedback from the public can provide important information about the value and impact of proposed rules, identify ways in which they can be strengthened or improved, and offer creative alternatives that can help an agency better achieve its objectives. 

Because comments are so vital to the rulemaking process, it is important that you prepare them effectively.

  • Explain your views and opinions as clearly as possible.  If you have any relevant data available, please include that information with your comment.
  • If you disagree with all or part of a rule, suggest a reasonable alternative and include specific examples to illustrate your points.
  • Make sure you understand what the rule is proposing prior to posting your comment.  If you have any questions or would like clarification, contact the rulemaking agency directly.  Agency contact information can be located by clicking on a specific on the Proposed Rules page

Following these guidelines will make your comments more helpful to the agency and will lead to better rulemaking decisions.