Rulemaking Process

The rulemaking process in Minnesota is lengthy and complex. Once our agency receives statutory authority from the Legislature to create or amend rules, we can begin the rulemaking process. Rulemaking in Minnesota follows the procedures outlined in the Minnesota Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Minnesota Statutes, chapter 14.

The rulemaking process is designed to be transparent and involve community participation. The Minnesota Department of Education seeks feedback several times during the rulemaking process by requesting comments on the proposed rules. Comments received are then carefully considered as we are crafting rule drafts.  Comments received during the official comment periods will become part of the formal rulemaking record. However, comments and questions about the rules are welcome at any time during the rulemaking process.