The Office of Law and Legislation is responsible for ensuring consistent interpretation and application of laws administered and enforced by the Department. Representing the Commissioner and the Department before various public and private agencies and organizations, the Office of Law and Legislation also serves as the liaison of intergovernmental affairs and the contact for law and legislative matters. Specific examples of duties performed by the Office of Law and Legislation include the following:
- Legislation – Representing the Commissioner and the Department before the Legislature.
- Rule Making – Adopting administrative regulations to implement laws administered by the Department.
- Opinions – Rendering opinions on questions of law involving businesses and transactions regulated by the Department.
- Releases – Communicating recent changes in the Department’s laws, programs and practices.
Additionally, the Office of Law and Legislation provides in-house legal counsel to the Department’s divisions and programs regarding enforcement of laws, internal program guidelines, labor relations, business services, and budget matters; and government compliance issues such as those relating to open meetings, access to public records, and conflicts of interest.