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Getting Your Voice Heard

A fact sheet about Commenting on Federal Regulations

Fact Sheet
Good Governance
Tobacco Prevention

Most people know that Congress creates new federal laws by passing bills that are signed into effect. But that’s not the only way federal requirements and restrictions are created. Federal agencies also can issue new regulations that have the same force and effect as the laws passed by Congress – regulations that affect many aspects of our everyday lives.

Our fact sheet explains the legal process for creating those regulations, including how and when the public can provide input on proposed new rules. You may also be interested our law note fact sheet tailored for tobacco control advocates Getting Your Voice Heard - Commenting on Federal Regulations.