File No. 33150

This rule was published in the December 1, 2009, issue (Vol. 2009, No. 23) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Commerce, Administration

Rule R151-46b

Department of Commerce Administrative Procedures Act Rules

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 33150
Filed: 11/16/2009 02:10:31 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This filing clarifies that recordings of hearings may be made by the use of either a licensed court reporter or a digital audio or video recording. It further clarifies that a person requesting agency review must file a transcript within the time frame the person has stated in the certification regarding transcript.

Summary of the rule or change:

This filing clarifies that recordings of hearings may be made by the use of either a licensed court reporter or a digital audio or video recording. It further clarifies that a person requesting agency review must file a transcript within the time frame the person has stated in the certification regarding transcript.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Subsection 63G-4-102(6)
  • Section 13-1-6

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

No effect to the state budget is anticipated from this amendment which clarifies the methods for recording hearings and clarifies the transcript filing time frame.

local governments:

Local government is not involved in the recordings of this agency's hearings. A local government could be a party in this agency's proceedings, but the amendment regarding transcripts only clarifies the filing time frame and would not have a cost effect for any parties.

small businesses:

Small businesses are not involved in the recordings of this agency's hearings. Small businesses could be parties in this agency's proceedings, but the amendment regarding transcripts only clarifies the filing time frame and would not have a cost effect for any parties.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

Other persons are not involved in the recordings of this agency's hearings. Other persons could be parties in this agency's proceedings, but the amendment regarding transcripts only clarifies the filing time frame and would not have a cost effect for any parties.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

Individuals are not involved in the recordings of this agency's hearings. Individuals could be parties in this agency's proceedings, but the amendment regarding transcripts only clarifies the filing time frame and would not have a cost effect for any parties.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

As stated in the rule summary, no fiscal impact to businesses is anticipated from the clarifying provisions relating to recordings of hearings and filing of hearing transcripts.

Francine A. Giani, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Commerce
Administration
160 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2316

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Masuda Medcalf at the above address, by phone at 801-530-7663, by FAX at 801-530-6446, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

12/31/2009

This rule may become effective on:

01/07/2010

Authorized by:

Francine Giani, Executive Director

RULE TEXT

R151. Commerce, Administration.

R151-46b. Department of Commerce Administrative Procedures Act Rules.

R151-46b-10. Hearings.

(1) Hearings Required or Permitted.

A hearing shall be held in all adjudicative proceedings in which a hearing is:

(a) required by statute or rule and not waived by the parties; or

(b) permitted by statute or rule and timely requested.

(2) Time to Request Permissive Hearing.

A request for a hearing permitted by statute or rule must be received no later than:

(a) the time period for filing a response to a notice of agency action if a response is required or permitted;

(b) twenty days following the issuance of a notice of agency action if a response is not required or permitted; or

(c) the filing of the request for agency action.

(3) Scheduling of Hearings.

(a)(i) The date, time, and place of a hearing shall be set forth in the notice of agency action or the notice of receipt of request for agency action, or, if not known at the time of the notice, in a separate notice of hearing.

(ii) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection R151-46b-5(2), the hearing in any formal or informal adjudicative proceeding shall be concluded not more than 180 calendar days after the day on which:

(A) the notice of agency action was issued; or

(B) the initial decision with respect to a request for agency action was issued.

(b) Subject to the provisions of Subsection R151-46b-5(5)(b), the presiding officer may, upon a determination of good cause, issue an order modifying the date, time, or place of a hearing.

(4) Hearings Open to Public; Exceptions.

(a) Any hearing in an adjudicative proceeding is open to the public unless closed by the presiding officer conducting the hearing, pursuant to Title 63G, Chapter 4, the Administrative Procedures Act, or by a presiding officer who is a public body, pursuant to Title 52, Chapter 4, the Open and Public Meetings Act.

(b) The deliberative process of an adjudicative proceeding is a quasi-judicial function exempt from the Open and Public Meetings Act. Deliberations are closed to the public.

(5) Bifurcation of Hearing.

The presiding officer, good cause appearing, may order a hearing bifurcated into a findings phase relative to the allegations set forth in the petition, and a sanctions phase, if required, based upon the findings.

(6) Order of Presentation in Hearings.

The order of presentation of evidence in hearings in formal adjudicative proceedings shall normally be as follows:

(a) opening statement of the party with the burden of proof;

(b) opening statement of the opposing party, unless the party reserves the opening statement until the presentation of its case-in-chief;

(c) case-in-chief of the party which has the burden of proof and cross examination of witnesses by opposing party;

(d) case-in-chief of the opposing party and cross examination of witnesses by the party with the burden of proof;

(e) rebuttal case by the party which has the burden of proof;

(f) surrebuttal case by the opposing party;

(g) further rebuttal or surrebuttal as permitted by the presiding officer;

(h) closing argument by the party which has the burden of proof;

(i) closing argument by the opposing party; and

(j) final argument by the party which has the burden of proof.

(7) Testimony Under Oath.

All testimony presented at a hearing, if offered as evidence to be considered in reaching a decision on the merits, shall be given under oath administered by the presiding officer.

(8) Telephonic Testimony.

(a) Telephonic testimony is only permissible in a formal adjudicative proceeding upon the consent of the parties or if warranted by exigent circumstances. Normally, expenses which would be incurred by a party to produce in-person testimony do not constitute an exigent circumstance as to justify telephonic testimony in a formal adjudicative proceeding. Telephonic testimony is generally permissible in an informal proceeding upon the request of any party.

(b) When telephonic testimony is to be presented, the presiding officer shall require that the identity of any witness so testifying be established. The presiding officer shall also provide safeguards to assure the witness does not refer to documents improperly and to reduce the possibility the witness may be coached or influenced during their testimony.

(9) Standard of Proof.

The standard of proof in all proceedings under these rules, whether initiated by a notice of agency action or request for agency action, shall be a preponderance of the evidence.

(10) Burden of Proof.

The department has the burden of proof in any proceeding initiated by a notice of agency action. The party who seeks action from the department has the burden of proof in any proceeding initiated by a request for agency action.

(11) Default Procedures.

(a) Order entering the default of a party.

(i) The presiding officer may enter the default of a party in accordance with Section 63G-4-209, sua sponte or upon motion of a party.

(ii) A party filing a motion for entry of default shall also file an affidavit substantiating the grounds for the motion.

(iii) If the submissions establish a basis for entry of default, the presiding officer may enter the default without notice to the defaulting party or a hearing.

(b) Additional proceedings.

(i) Following the entry of default, the presiding officer may, sua sponte or upon motion of a party, conduct further proceedings and enter a final order based on the submissions filed without notice to or participation by the defaulting party when:

(A) the relief sought against the party is specifically set forth in the pleadings that were served upon that party;

(B) the factual allegations contained in those pleadings are supported by affidavit or by a verified petition; and

(C) those factual allegations, and applicable law, support the granting of the relief sought against that party.

(ii) In all other cases, the presiding officer shall not enter a final order without conducting a hearing in which the party seeking relief may submit proffers, evidence, or legal arguments in support of the relief it requests against the defaulting party. The hearing may be held without notice to or participation by the defaulting party if the pleadings served upon the defaulting party set forth the potential relief which could be obtained against such party.

(c) The order of default and the final order may be concurrently issued.

(12) Record of Hearing.

(a) Record Requirement.

The presiding officer shall cause a record to be made of all prehearing conferences and all hearings which are conducted.

(b) Record Methods.

(i) Formal Adjudicative Proceedings.

The presiding officer shall cause the record of a hearing in a formal adjudicative proceeding to be made by means of :

(A) a certified court reporter pursuant to Title 58, Chapter 74, Certified Court Reporters Licensing Act[, unless the presiding officer determines it to be unnecessary or impracticable, in which case he shall cause the record to be made by means of an audio or video cassette recorder or other recording device]; or

(B) a digital audio or video recording in a commonly used file format.

(ii) Informal Adjudicative Proceedings.

The presiding officer may cause a record of a hearing in an informal adjudicative proceeding to be made by a method set forth in Subsection (i) or by minutes prepared or adopted by the presiding officer.

(c) Record Expense.

The hearing in an adjudicative proceeding shall be recorded at the expense of the agency.

(d) Transcription of Record.

(i) If a party is required by Subsection R151-46b-12(3)(d) regarding agency review proceedings to obtain a transcript of a hearing, the party must ensure that the record is transcribed:

(A) in a formal adjudicative proceeding, by [the]a certified court reporter[ who reported the hearing]; or

(B) in an informal adjudicative proceeding, by any certified court reporter or by a person who is not a party in interest. For purposes of this Subsection, "a party in interest" is defined to include a party or a relative of the party. Neither a party's counsel nor an employee of a party's counsel is considered "a party in interest" for purposes of this Subsection.

(ii) Where a transcript is prepared by someone other than a certified court reporter, a party shall file an affidavit of the transcriber stating under penalty of perjury that the transcript is a correct and accurate transcription of the hearing record.

(iii) Pages and lines in a transcript shall be numbered for referencing purposes.

(iv) The party requesting the transcript shall bear the cost of the transcription.

(v) The original transcript of a record of a hearing shall be filed with the presiding officer.

(13) Fees.

(a) Witness Fees.

Witnesses appearing upon the demand or at the request of a party shall be entitled to receive payment from that party in the amount of $18.50 for each day in attendance and, if traveling more than 50 miles to attend and return from the hearing, shall be entitled to receive 25 cents per mile for each mile thus actually and necessarily traveled. Any witness subpoenaed by a party other than the department may, at the time of service of the subpoena, demand one day's witness fee and mileage in advance and unless such fee is tendered, the witness shall not be required to appear.

(b) Interpreter and Translator Fees.

Interpreters and translators, including those skilled in foreign languages and communication with the deaf, shall be allowed such compensation for their services as the presiding officer may allow.

(c) Officers and Employees not Entitled to Fees - Exception.

No officer or employee of the United States, or of the State of Utah, or of any county, incorporated city or town within the State of Utah, shall receive any witness fee when testifying in an adjudicative proceeding unless the officer or employee is required to testify at a time other than during his normal working hours.

(d) Only One Fee Per Day Allowed.

No witness shall receive fees in more than one adjudicative proceeding on the same day.

 

R151-46b-12. Agency Review.

(1) Availability of Agency Review.

Except as otherwise provided in Subsection 63G-4-209(3)(c), an aggrieved party may obtain agency review of a final order issued in an adjudicative proceeding by filing a request with the executive director of the department within thirty days following the issuance of the order.

(2) When Agency Review Is Not Available.

(a) Agency review is not available as to any order or decision entered by the following agencies:

(i) the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board;

(ii) the Utah Motor Vehicle Franchise Advisory Board; and

(iii) the Utah Powersport Vehicle Franchise Advisory Board.

(b) Agency review is not available for any decisions or orders entered by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing as to the following matters:

(i) Prelitigation proceedings conducted pursuant to Title 78B, Chapter 3, the Utah Health Care Malpractice Act;

(ii) Requests for modification to disciplinary orders issued by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing; and

(iii) Requests for entry into the Diversion Program pursuant to Section 58-1-404(4).

(c) Agency review is not available for any decisions or orders entered by the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code as to the following matters:

(i) refusal to file a document under the Utah Revised Business Corporations Act pursuant to Section 16-10a-126;

(ii) revocation of a foreign corporation's authority to transact business pursuant to Section 16-10a-1532;

(iii) refusal to file a document under the Utah Revised Limited Liability Company Act pursuant to Section 48-2c-211; and

(iv) revocation of a foreign limited liability company's authority to transact business pursuant to Section 48-2c-1614.

(d)(i) Agency reconsideration may be requested for orders or decisions exempt from agency review under Subsections R151-46b-12(2)(a), (b)(ii), and (c) pursuant to Section 63G-4-302.

(ii) Agency reconsideration is not available for orders or decisions exempt from agency review under Subsections (b)(i) and (b)(iii), pursuant to Subsections 58-1-404(4)(d) and 78B-3-416(1)(c).

(3) Content of a Request for Agency Review - Transcript of Hearing - Service.

(a) The content of a request for agency review shall be in accordance with Subsection 63G-4-301(1)(b) and as provided in this Subsection. The request for agency review shall include a copy of the order that is the subject of the request.

(b) A party requesting agency review shall set forth any factual or legal basis in support of that request, including adequate supporting arguments and citation to appropriate legal authority and to the relevant portions of the record developed during the adjudicative proceeding.

(c) If a party challenges a finding of fact in the order subject to review, the party must demonstrate, based on the entire record, that the finding is not supported by substantial evidence. A party challenging the facts bears the burden to marshal or gather all of the evidence in support of a finding and to show that despite such evidence, the finding is not supported by substantial evidence. The failure to so marshal the evidence permits the executive director to accept a division's findings of fact as conclusive. A party challenging a legal conclusion must support the argument with citation to any relevant authority and also cite to those portions of the record that are relevant to that issue.

(d) If the grounds for agency review include any challenge to a determination of fact or conclusion of law as unsupported by or contrary to the evidence, the party seeking agency review shall order and cause a transcript of the record relevant to such finding or conclusion to be prepared. When a request for agency review is filed under such circumstances, the party seeking review shall certify that a transcript has been ordered and shall notify the department when the transcript will be available for filing with the department. The party shall thereafter file the transcript with the executive director in accordance with the time frame stated in the certification regarding transcript. The party seeking agency review shall bear the cost of the transcript.

(e) A party seeking agency review shall, in the manner described in R151-46b-8, file and serve upon all other parties copies of correspondence, pleadings, and other submissions. If an attorney enters an appearance on behalf of a party, service shall thereafter be made upon that attorney, instead of directly to the party.

(f) Failure to comply with this rule may result in dismissal of the request for agency review.

(4) Stay Pending Agency Review.

(a) Upon the timely filing of a request for agency review, the party seeking review may request that the effective date of the order subject to review be stayed pending the completion of review. If a stay is not timely requested and subsequently granted, the order subject to review shall take effect according to its terms.

(b) The division or committee that issued the order subject to review may oppose the request for a stay in writing within ten days from the date the stay is requested. Failure to oppose a timely request for a stay shall result in an order granting the stay unless the department determines that a stay would not be in the best interest of the public. The department may also enter an interim order granting a stay pending a decision on the motion for a stay.

(c) In determining whether to grant a request for a stay or a motion opposing that request, the department shall review the division's or committee's findings of fact, conclusions of law and order to determine whether granting a stay would, or might reasonably be expected to, pose a significant threat to the public health, safety and welfare. The department may also issue a conditional stay by imposing terms, conditions or restrictions on a party pending agency review.

(5) Memoranda.

(a) The department may order or permit the parties to file memoranda to assist in conducting agency review. Any memoranda shall be filed consistent with these rules or as otherwise governed by any scheduling order entered by the department.

(b) When no transcript is necessary to conduct agency review, any memoranda supporting a request for such review shall be concurrently filed with the request. If a transcript is necessary to conduct agency review, any supporting memoranda shall be filed no later than 15 days after the filing of the transcript with the department.

(c) Any response to a request for agency review and any memoranda supporting that response shall be filed no later than 15 days from the filing of the request for agency review or no later than 15 days from the service of any subsequent memoranda supporting that request. Any final reply memoranda shall be filed no later than five days after the service of a response to the request for agency review.

(6) Oral Argument.

The request for agency review or the response thereto shall state whether oral argument is sought in conjunction with agency review. The department may order or permit oral argument if the department determines such argument is warranted to assist in conducting agency review.

(7) Standard of Review.

The standards for agency review correspond to the standards for judicial review of formal adjudicative proceedings, as set forth in Subsection 63G-4-403(4).

(8) Type of Relief.

The type of relief available on agency review shall be the same as the type of relief available on judicial review, as set forth in Subsection 63G-4-404(1)(b).

(9) Order on Review.

The order on review shall comply with the requirements of Subsection 63G-4-301(6).

 

KEY: administrative procedures, adjudicative proceedings, government hearings

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [September 22, 2008]2010

Notice of Continuation: May 3, 2006

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 13-1-6; 63G-4-102(6)

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Masuda Medcalf at the above address, by phone at 801-530-7663, by FAX at 801-530-6446, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].