Administrative Law Division

Administrative Law

Rule-Making Deadlines

Rule Making Deadlines

The 2022 Legislative session will start on January 12, 2022 and end on March 12, 2022. The rule-making deadlines for Legislative rules have passed. They were June 30, 2021 to put a rule out for public comment and July 30, 2021 for Agency Approved filings. Legislative-Exempt, Interpretive and Procedural rules are not affected by deadlines and can be filed at any time during the year.

The deadline dates for the 2023 Legislative session are Wednesday, June 29, 2022 to put a rule out for public comment and Friday, July 29, 2022 for Agency Approved filings.

State of Emergency Suspension of Certain Rules


Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, a State of Emergency was declared for all counties in West Virginia on March 16, 2020. The Proclamation contained a provision allowing state agencies the ability to suspend rules, if strict compliance would prevent or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency.

Rules that are suspended wholly or in part will have a status of “Suspended” in the CSR database. There will also be a suspension memorandum from the Agency explaining the details. Please follow all guidelines given by the Agency.

Please click here for a list of the rules that are affected by a suspension. The information will be updated as quickly as possible throughout the State of Emergency.

State Register Portal

Executive Records

As traditional workspace and functionality needs have changed drastically over the last couple of years, the Secretary of State’s office has been working on addressing these needs and providing useful solutions. We are proud to introduce an innovation designed to help State agencies that are required to publish non-rule documents in the State Register. For efficient delivery of documents, the Register Portal has been created.

Instructions for using the State Register Portal

Simply upload the document, add any publication notes, and submit. Upon acceptance, you will receive an email and a link to an e-stamped copy of your document. The document will be made available to the public. All confidential information must be redacted before uploading.

To get started, create a Universal Access Account and submit an Authorization Form. If you already have a UAA, simply submit the Authorization Form. You will be notified when permissions have been added. Please note, the Register Portal is not intended for the submission of rule filings, FOIA information or meeting notices.

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