Administrative Agencies overviewThe Executive Branch is one of the three branches that balance the powers in both state and federal government. Because the Governor is the head of the state executive branch, agency officials and employees act as an arm of the Governor’s authority. Unelected state agency officials and employees carry the responsibility and discretion to put forth rules and regulations to implement statutes passed by Congress and/or the Iowa legislature. These rules and regulations are as powerful as the laws passed by the state legislature, but must not contradict them.
Reasons Administrative Agencies Draft Rules & Regulations:
1. Agencies write corresponding rules to statutory laws. This is often necessary because bills passed by the legislature are not very specific and typically require further clarification.
2. Agencies write rules by way of their general rulemaking authority. If an agency determines there is a need for guidance on a matter, they can write rule(s) without specific direction...