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Administrative Law: Introduction

Guide to researching regulations

What is Administrative Law?

Administrative Law is sometimes called regulatory law.  Government agencies develop regulations, also called rules, to help them carry out their functions.  Congress first passes a law, or statute, that delegates authority to an agency, the agency creates rules, and the rules are passed and become part of law.

Rules/regulations that pass have the force of law, just like laws passed by Congress.

Why is it important?

Regulations inform business of legal rules they must follow.  Regulations affect the rights and responsibilities of citizens.  They also inform the public about grants and other funding opportunities.

Who uses it?

  • Business who must abide by government regulations
  • Company regulation officers whose job is to be familiar with industry rules and to make sure the company stays compliant
  • Lobbyists who try to influence what regulations pass
  • Citizens who care about health, environment, finance, education, or other public policy issues
  • Anyone who monitors grant opportunities

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