Make your voice heard with a public comment
You can use your voice to make a public comment about new laws. Exercise your right to be heard.
When a federal agency proposes a new regulation, it must ask for comments from the public. Anyone can make comments in support of or against a new regulation or rule before it becomes a law. You do not have to be a US citizen.
It is easy to make a public comment:
- From the Federal Register page. The Federal Register is where the proposed laws are published for us to read. There is a field at the top that says “Submit a formal comment.” You can type your comment directly in there.
- On Regulations.gov, the government website. You can search for rules on the home page using the docket ID or the regulation identifier number (RIN). Go to the proposed rule and select “Comment now.”
- By mail. If you cannot submit your comment online, look for the “For Further Information Contact” information on the regulations.gov page There will be a name with a mailing address or a phone number to call.
Make an effective comment
What to say
Say what you believe and give a good reason for why you believe it.
- State your belief
You may think, for example, that a new rule goes against the human rights and justice that all Americans believe in.
- Give your reason
Try to use your own words, but it is okay to use suggested words from advocacy organizations if they express what you believe.