Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Treatment Programs; Regulations
(a) The purposes of any regulations adopted by the department shall be to implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions of this part and shall not exceed the authority granted to the department pursuant to this part. To the extent possible, the regulations shall be written in clear and concise language and adopted only when necessary to further the purposes of this part.
(b) Except as provided in this section and Sections 11772, 11798, 11798.2, 11814, 11817.8, 11852.5, the department may adopt regulations in accordance with the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of the Title 2 of the Government Code) necessary for the proper execution of the powers and duties granted to and imposed upon the department by this part. However, these regulations may be adopted only upon the following conditions:
(1) Prior to adoption of regulations, the department shall consult with county alcohol and drug program administrators and may consult with any other appropriate persons relating to the proposed regulations.
(2) If an absolute majority of the designated county alcohol and drug program administrators who represent counties that have submitted county contracts, vote at a public meeting called by the department, for which 45 days' advance notice shall be given by the department, to reject the proposed regulations, the department shall refer the matter for a decision to a committee, consisting of a representative of the county alcohol and drug program administrators, the director, the secretary, and one designee of the secretary. The decision shall be made by a majority vote of this committee at a public meeting convened by the department. Upon a majority vote of the committee recommending adoption of the proposed regulations, the department may then adopt them. Upon a majority vote recommending that the department not adopt the proposed regulations, the department shall then consult again with the county alcohol and drug program administrators and resubmit the proposed regulations to the administrators for a vote pursuant to this subdivision.
(3) In the voting process described in paragraph (2), no proxies shall be allowed nor may anyone other than the designated county alcohol and drug program administrator, director, secretary, and secretary's designee vote at the meetings.
(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 36, Sec. 51.)