Louisiana Division of Administration

Emergency Rules

Rule text in each document submittal must conform to the state Standardized Arrangement for Formatting and be written in Plain Language. 


  • An original signed insertion order is needed for all documents submitted for publication.

  • A copy of your signed and dated emergency rule is needed for proof of adoption.

Example Emergency Rule

See also: APA Guide and Document Filing

Emergency rules are intended for critical, temporary relief.

An emergency rule is a declaration of an emergency situation and the critical regulatory changes needed. This temporary rule can be effective upon adoption and remains in effect for no more than 120 days. See R.S. 49:953(B) and R.S. 49:954(B)(2).

The document requirements for an emergency rule are a compilation of all the requirements in R.S. 49:953 (B)(1)-(4). The entire emergency rule is to be printed in the Louisiana Register and submitted in accordance with Office of the State Register guidelines. The emergency rule must be in the following order and in one electronic document:

►   Opening Paragraph(s). (Agency Statement) This is a paragraph(s) explaining the nature of the emergency, pursuant to R.S. 49:953(B)(1), the department's basis and rationale for the action, the effective date, and the agency's rule making authority.

►   Rule Text. The proposed rule should be in codified format showing its temporary placement in the Louisiana Administrative Code. (Title, Part, Chapter, Section...) If you are amending existing sections, an underline/strikethrough version of this document should be sent to the House and the Senate. The Office of the State Register prints only the current text and will need a copy in that format.