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ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
PROCEDURES MANUAL

Drafting Style and Format
Promulgation Procedure
Rules Review Procedure
    LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU       LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL STAFF
    Wisconsin Administrative Code         Administrative Rules Clearinghouse
    Wisconsin Administrative Register
               
    Bruce Hoesly, Senior Revising Attorney/Code Editor     Scott Grosz, Co-Director
    Telephone: (608) 266-7590           Telephone: (608) 266-1307
    E-mail: bruce.hoesly@legis.wi.gov         E-mail: scott.grosz@legis.wi.gov
                 
    Tamara Dodge, Legislative Attorney/Assistant Code Editor   Jessica Karls-Ruplinger, Co-Director    
    Telephone: (608) 267-7380           Telephone: (608) 266-2230
    Email: tamara.dodge@legis.wi.gov         E-mail: jessica.karls@legis.wi.gov
    One East Main Street, Suite 200         One East Main Street, Suite 401
    P.O. Box 2037             P.O. Box 2536
    Madison, Wisconsin 53701-2037         Madison, Wisconsin 53701-2536
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
Copies of this Manual are available at http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/lc and http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/rsb/code.htm

November 2014
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
INTRODUCTION   1
PART 1 - DRAFTING STYLE AND FORMAT   3
1.01 Drafting style   3
(1)   Clarity   3
(2)   Mandatory and permissive actions   3
(3)   Sex-neutral language   3
(4)   Capitalization   3
(5)   Numbers   4
(6)   Parentheses   4
(7)   Definitions   4
(8)   Acronyms   5
(9)   Avoid certain words and phrases   5
1.02 Arrangement of rule-making orders   5
(1)   Introductory clause   5
(2)   Rule summary   6
(2m)   Statutory authority   7
(3)   Text of rule   7
(3m)   Initial applicability   8
(4)   Effective dates   8
(5)   Emergency rule   9
(6)   Regulatory flexibility analysis   9
(7)   Fiscal estimates   9
(8)   Economic Impact Analyses   10
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