Oklahoma's Administrative Procedures Act is located at 75 O.S. §§ 250-323, which is available on OSCN. For background information on Oklahoma agencies, see ABC: Oklahoma State Agencies, Boards, and Commissions, which provides statutory citations, addresses, phone numbers, and sections on the agency’s Mission Statement, History, and Function.
As described in the Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) § 655:10-3-10 (2011), the OAC is organized into six major divisions as set forth below:
(1) Titles. Each Title identifies an administrative agency, except for Title 1, which includes executive orders.
(2) Chapters. Each Chapter identifies a major area of regulatory control within an agency's authority. Each Chapter identifies a group of Sections, which are:
(A) Related to the same major agency program or legally-designated regulatory power
(B) Dependent on a common set of definitions; or
(C) Independent of another Chapter in meaning or effect.
(3) Subchapters. Each Subchapter identifies a group of Sections related to the same general subject within a Chapter. The use of Subchapters is optional.
(4) Parts. Each Part identifies a group of Sections related to the same subject within a Subchapter. The use of Parts is optional.
(5) Sections. Each Section identifies a specific agency statement within a Chapter, Subchapter, or Part. Each Section is considered to be a single “rule.”
(6) Appendices. Each Appendix identifies a graphic ...
Thus, 655:10-3-10 refers to the Oklahoma Secretary of State regulation in Title 665 Chapter 10, Subchapter 3, Part 3, Section 10 on major OAC divisions.
1. If needed, locate the statutory or constitutional provision creating the agency or granting the agency authority to act. Use an annotated code to assist in determining whether the agency acted within the grant of power.
2. Locate the text of the relevant rule in the Oklahoma Administrative Code.
3. Look in the Oklahoma Register to find any proposed changes.
4. Locate agency and judicial decisions applying the rule in similar circumstances or an Attorney General Opinion regarding the rule.
The Attorney General issues advisory opinions at the request of other state bodies. These opinions may interpret regulations and can be persuasive when challenging an agency action or rule. Published opinions of the Attorney General are, of course, more persuasive than unpublished opinions. Opinions of the Attorney General may be located in various formats depending upon the date that the opinion was issued.