How to Send, View and Print Public Comments
This page last reviewed December 16, 2013
The ARB encourages public input to its regulatory and non-regulatory items being worked on by ARB staff (ARB Workshops, etc., Public Comments) and ultimately presented to the Board (ARB Board Meeting Public Comments). Submitting comments is easy. Transparency in our decision-making processes is important to us and the following explains how easy it is to submit your comments or to view/print the comments of others.
Here are a few steps to follow:
- At the ARB homepage,
click on 'Send
Us Your Comments'. It is located on the left under 'Popular
- Click on the 'Board
Item' of interest. This takes you directly to the 'Submit Your
Comments to the Board' page for that item.
- Complete all sections of
the form (phone number and affiliation are optional). If you have
a separate document, you can upload an attachment here.
- Click on 'Send Comment'.
- Be on the look-out for an email acknowledgment notifying you that your comment was received by ARB. If you do not receive this email, please click on our disclaimer webpage for action items.
ARB Board Meeting Public Comments:
These are accepted via ARB's web-based docket system during an initial "45-day" comment period or a "15-day" supplemental comment period up until the date and time identified in the column reading " Deadline for Comments ." Once the comment deadline is reached (note, Californa's time zone will apply), the item will no longer be shown on the "Send Us Your Comments" page.
For many years, ARB's hearing notices have stated that email comments and written comments not presented at the Board hearing, must be submitted by noon of the day before the hearing to be considered by the Board. This deadline is reflected in the "Deadline for Comments" column and is necessary to assure that ARB's Clerk of the Board has sufficient lead time to compile all of the pre-hearing comments for each Board member.
As an accommodation, the Clerk of the Board has nevertheless generally accepted comments submitted by mail or facsimile through the day of the hearing, and has tried to provide those comments to Board members at the hearing. As of the July 2006 hearing, this practice will no longer be followed and the Clerk will strictly adhere to the process described in the hearing notice. This means that written comments not received by the Clerk by noon of the day before the hearing will not become part of the rulemaking record unless they are presented to the Clerk at the hearing prior to the Chair's closure of the record for the item.
ARB Workshops, etc., Public Comments:
These are accepted until the date and time listed in the Deadline for Comments column.
Viewing and/or Printing Public Comments
Please note that under the
California Public Records Act (Govt. Code Section 6250 et. seq.), your
written and oral comments, attachments, and associated contact
information (e.g. your address, phone, email, etc.) become part of the
public record (ARB
Board Meeting Public Comments or ARB
Workshops, etc., Public Comments) and can be released to the
public upon request.
Simply click on the "Comment Log" for your subject area of interest. Then select an individual comment of interest to view or print. Or, scroll down to the bottom of the list of comments and click on the link "Compilation of all Printable Comments" and then view and/or print the resulting PDF file which will include all comments processed to date for that subject.
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