The Regulations Committee is responsible for all rules in the Wildlife Code. Members are appointed by the director of MDC, and include the chiefs of the Statewide Resource Management, Regional Resource Management. , Protection, Science, Relevancy, and Community and Private Land Services branches. The General Counsel or a designee serves as advisor to the Committee and the Deputy Director of Resource Management serves as Chair.
The Committee typically meets ten (10) working days before most Commission meetings. Generally, the Committee deals with proposed changes in the next year’s Wildlife Code during the months of February and July; deer seasons and waterfowl seasons in April or May; turkey season in November; and other matters as they come up.
- A branch, region or the public brings a recommendation to the Regulations Committee for consideration (some recommendations will have incorporated stakeholder input at this stage).
- The Regulations Committee, which meets approximately ten (10) times per year, either approves, denies, or returns the recommendation to staff for further study (including instructions to engage, or further involve, stakeholders).
- Once approved by the Regulations Committee, a recommendation is submitted through the Director to the Conservation Commission for approval. The Commission may approve, veto or table the recommendation.
- Recommendations approved by the Conservation Commission are filed with the Administrative Rules Division, Missouri Secretary of State, as Proposed Rules, Proposed Amendments, or Proposed Recissions for publication in the Missouri Register.
- Once published, there is a 30-day public comment period. If comments are received, they are shared with members of the Regulations Committee.
- Those comments are compiled and shared with the Conservation Commission. During a regularly scheduled meeting, they will conduct a vote to approve the final Order of Rulemaking as written, with changes, or they may withdraw the rule based on input from citizens. If no comments are received, after the 30-day comment period the Rule, Amendment, or Recission is filed again with the Administrative Rules Division, Missouri Secretary of State as an Order of Rulemaking per Commission order.
- After filing an Order of Rulemaking, the change becomes effective either 30 days after publication in the State Code of Regulations or another specified future date. Most rule changes handled in the Department’s annual Code review process become effective March 1 of the following year.
- Seasons and limits are excepted from the requirement for filing as a proposed amendment under section 536.021, RSMo. In rare circumstances, rules that meet the requirements of section 536.025, RSMo, may be filed as emergency rules and become effective ten (10) days after filing with the Secretary of State.
- Those wishing to be placed on the agenda for a presentation or other business must send a written request to Jason Sumners, Regulations Committee Chair, Missouri Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180, or Fax to 573-751-4467, at least ten (10) working days before the meeting date.