It's been the news in the Trump-leaning media that Georgia's RULE 183-1-14-0.6-.14 Secure Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes had expired prior to the Nov election, allegedly because no such emergency rule can be valid for more than 120 days and it was last adopted/modified on Jun 1st.
Under Georgia law, emergency rules adopted by any state agency or regulatory body automatically expire 120 days after their adoption(see § 50-13-4-b).
On the other hand, I've seen mentioned in the press twice that that rule was valid for a bit more, approximately 6 months. This was said in relation to both the June 1 modification/extension:
Processing absentee ballots- Some of the changes we’re making are getting rid of reference to June 9. Dropbox rule- One change is the deleting the reference to the June 9 election only. It will still be an emergency rule in place for six months. To make it permanent we would have to go over the rule making process which I envision us doing.
and in relation to the Nov 23 one.
Drop boxes will remain stationed at county elections offices and certain polling locations. Registered voters are able to avoid in-person interaction and mailing in their ballots if they use the drop box associated with their county. The board extended this rule to February 5, falling short of the six-month emergency rule provision.
So, who is right here? Can the Board only issue emergency rules valid for max 120 days? Or up to 6 months? What would be the legal basis of the latter?
I'll note that in response to a lawsuit (on another matter--the Prompt Notification Rule [for absentee ballot rejections] 183-1-14-.13), Georgia's Attorney General's office recognizes that § 50-13 applies to (at least some) rules issued by the state election board:
The Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, O.C.G.A. §§ 50-13-1 through 50-13-44, specifically provides a framework for the General Assembly to review and acquiesce in the rules promulgated by regulatory bodies such as the State Election Board.
So, the question is then one of interpretation of those provisions, I suppose.