Administrative Policy Writing
“The Fourth Branch”
: state agencies adopt rules to implement the laws
they are charged with administering.
Example: the Board of Nursing Examines has the authority to
decide by rule specific duties licensed nurses must perform.
: state agencies enforce their rules through legal
Example: if the Board of Nursing Examiners thinks a nurse has
violated their rules, the Board may seek to revoke the nurse’s
: state agencies make the initial decision on enforcement
actions they take.
Example: the Nursing Board both brings allegations that the nurse
violated their rules decides whether he or she did. (However, they
don’t get the final say. More on this later.)