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CDCR Submits Lethal Injection Regulations to the Office of Administrative Law

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) completed its rulemaking activities and submitted its lethal injection regulations to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) today. The rulemaking documents include the final regulation text, final statement of reasons, public comments and other required documents.

The OAL, a separate and independent state control agency, has 30 working days from today to review the rulemaking package and either approve or disapprove the regulations.

If approved by the OAL, the regulations would be formally certified and filed with the Secretary of State, the state agency responsible by law to receive all certified regulations and archive them.

CDCR has requested that the regulations become effective upon filing with the Secretary of State.

CDCR’s submission of the lethal injection regulations are part of the rulemaking process pursuant to the state’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The APA establishes rulemaking procedures and standards for state agencies in California. The process is designed to provide the public with a meaningful opportunity to participate in the adoption of state regulations.

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