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Legal Resources in the Chalmer Davee Library University of Wisconsin River Falls

Administrative Law

This definition is from Administrative Agencies: an overview (Legal Information Institute at Cornell)

Administrative law encompasses laws and legal principles governing the administration and regulation of government agencies (both Federal and state). Such agencies are delegated power by Congress (or in the case of a state agency, the state legislature) to act as agents for the executive. Generally, administrative agencies are created to protect a public interest rather than to vindicate private rights.

 see also Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview  by Richard J. McKinney, Assistant Law Librarian, Federal Reserve Board, May 2010


Federal Register                                             

The Federal Register is issued each Federal working day. Many laws enacted by Congress require agencies to issue regulations, since the Federal Register is the medium for notifying the public of official agency actions, all regulations must be published in it. Once the regulations are finalized they are codified into the Code of Federal Regulations. The Federal Register is arranged by AGENCY, then by classification, e.g., Presidential Documents, Rules and Regulations, Proposed Rules, Notices, Sunshine Act Meetings, Corrections.

Code of Federal Regulations                           GOV DOC/REF AE 2.106/3-2:

This publication is also known as the CFR. The CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The CFR is divided into 50 titles that represent broad subject areas of Federal regulations. Each title is divided into chapters that often bear the name of the issuing agency. Each chapter is further subdivided into parts covering specific regulatory areas. Title 3 of the CFR contains a compilation of Presidential documents and a codification of regulations issued by the Executive Office of the President.

List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA)                  GOV DOC/REF AE 2.106/2:

The List of CFR Sections Affected lists proposed, new, and amended Federal regulations that have been published in the Federal Register since the most recent revision date of a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) title. It is published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. contain all regulations issued by U.S. government agencies. On this site, you can find:

  • All Federal regulations that are open for public comment (i.e.,proposed rules) and closed for comment (i.e., final rules) as published in the Federal Register.
  • Many Federal agency notices published in the Federal Register.
  • Additional supporting materials, public comments, and Federal agency guidance and adjudications.


Wisconsin Municipal Codes

Wisconsin  Regulations

Wisconsin Administrative Code and Wisconsin Administrative Register 
Gov Doc Ref A.5/4:1956- 
Please note the printed version will cease publication 1/1/2015. 

The Register is issued twice monthly and consists of the following parts:
The Notice Section lists by agency any proposed rules or hearing to be held on a proposed rule. The Emergency Rules Now in Effect section provides a cumulative list by agency of all emergency rules currently in effect. The rules are published in summary only, with full text appearing in the official state newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Notice of Submission of Proposed Rules to the Presiding Officer of Each House of the Legislature, Under S. 22.19, Stats., indicates proposed rules that are at the stage of review. Clearinghouse Rule number are provided and with this number, action on the rule can be traced using the Administrative Rules section of the Bulletin of the Proceedings of the Wisconsin Legislature GOV DOC/ WIS Z 1: pt. The Administrative Rules Filed with the Revisor of Statues Bureau alerts the reader to permanent rules that have already gone through the approval process and will become effective after their publication in the Register. A tentative effective date is given for each rule so listed. A phone number is also provided so the reader can contact the Revisor of Statues Bureau for updated information. The Final Regulatory Flexibility Analyses lists the final regulatory flexibility analyses for rules that have been published that month. This is included on in the end-of-month Register. Two other sections occasionally appear in the Register: Public Notices, which includes information on informational public hearings about rule related matters, and Notice of Nonacquiescence, which give notice of agencies who are not appealing a court decision but who will not consider that decision as binding upon them in other cases.


Electronic version

Graphics in the Administrative Code are reproduced in full PDF documents, but cannot be reproduced in NXT. The location of each graphic in the NXT Administrative Code files is designated by a note stating "Click here to see the table or graphic in pdf format", followed by the PDF icon: , which is a link to the corresponding Administrative Code chapter in PDF format. Each paragraph in the NXT version of the Code is followed by a link indicated by the  , PDF icon, so that the PDF version of the Code chapter being viewed may be accessed at any time. To assure proper printing of Acrobat files, use the Acrobat print command, not the Web browser print command, which may produce improperly formatted output.


  1.  Certain appendices are not available for electronic reproduction at this time.

  2.  Register lines at the bottom of each official page are not reproduced in NXT files and are not always available for reproduction in the PDF files.

  3.  Certain equations, characters and formulas may not be reproduced exactly in electronic form. Always consult the printed volumes for official text. 

  4.  Pages in the electronic files found at this web site are not numbered in the NXT files and are numbered from the first page of each chapter in the PDF files. Pages in the official Wisconsin Administrative Code are numbered from the first page of each agency's code. Notes contained in the electronic files refer to page numbers in the official text.




Minnesota Register

The Register includes:

  • Minnesota Rules - proposed, adopted and exempt.
  • Official Notices - including requests for outside opinions, revenue notices, executive orders, meetings, vacancies in agencies, etc.
  • Professional, Technical and Consulting Contracts - including architecture and engineering, auditing/financial evaluation, construction, medical/dental/psychiatric services, testing, planning, photographic, graphic design, and many others
  • State Grants and Loans

Minnesota Administrative Rules 
An administrative rule is a general statement adopted by an agency to make the law it enforces or administers more specific or to govern the agency's organization or procedure.
An agency may adopt a rule only after the legislature has enacted a law granting this authority to the agency. An agency rule that is adopted under the rulemaking provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 14, has the force and effect of law. Rulemaking in Minnesota: A Guide explains each step of the rulemaking process in Minnesota.

Other states

Administrative Codes and Registers : State-by-State  National Association of Secretaries of State

Administrative Law

Administrative Laws, are the rules and regulations created and enforced by the executive branch.