What is a Request for Comments?

A Request for Comments is the first official step in the state rulemaking process. An agency is required by law to solicit comments on planned rules by publishing a notice in the State Register. Typically, this request is made before the rules are developed. In this case, since the rulemaking effort began in 2009, the DNR is requesting comments on a working draft of the rules. See the "Rulemaking Schedule" (link) for an overview of the entire rulemaking process.