This filing was published in the 06/15/2009, issue, Vol. 2009, No. 12, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Administrative Services, Records Committee
Procedures for Appeal Hearings
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 32685
Filed: 05/19/2009, 04:53
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this amendment is the addition of options for Committee chair to handle repeated postponements of hearings and timeliness of appeals.
Summary of the rule or change:
The amendment adds the option for Committee chair to handle repeated postponements of hearings and timeliness of appeals.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
None--The procedures for scheduling hearings will not affect the cost of these processes but will facilitate participation of volunteer committee members and avoid long delays in hearing appeals.
None--Local governmental agencies who are respondents in appeal hearings will have the benefit of clarification of procedures, but no cost changes other than those associated with representation at hearings are affected.
small businesses and persons other than businesses:
None--No costs associated with the procedure changes would accrue to small businesses.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
None--The procedural changes will not affect individuals involved in the hearings of the committee.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
There is no cost to the state, local government, or to small business. Kimberly K. Hood, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Administrative Services
346 S RIO GRANDE
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84101-1106
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
Susan Mumford at the above address, by phone at 801-531-3861, by FAX at 801-531-3867, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
This rule may become effective on:
Patricia Smith-Mansfield, Director
R35. Administrative Services, Records Committee.
R35-1. State Records Committee Appeal Hearing Procedures.
R35-1-2. Procedures for Appeal Hearings.
(1) The meeting shall be called to order by the Committee Chair.
(2) Opening statements will be presented by the petitioner and the governmental entity. Each party shall be allowed five minutes to present their opening statements before the Committee.
(3) Testimony shall be presented by the petitioner and the governmental entity. Each party shall be allowed thirty minutes to present testimony and evidence and to call witnesses.
(4) Witnesses providing testimony shall be sworn in by the Committee Chair.
(5) Questioning of the witnesses and parties by Committee members is permitted.
(6) The government entity must bring the disputed records to the hearing to allow the Committee to view records in camera if it deems an in camera inspection necessary. If the records withheld are voluminous or the government entity contends they have not been identified with reasonable specificity, the government entity shall notify the Committee and the adverse party at least two days before the hearing and obtain approval from the Committee Chair to bring a representative sample of the potentially responsive records to the hearing, if it is possible to do so.
(7) Third party presentations shall be permitted. At the conclusion of the testimony presented, the Committee Chair shall ask for statements from any third party. Third party presentations shall be limited to ten minutes.
(8) Closing arguments may be presented by the petitioner and the governmental entity. Each party shall be allowed five minutes to present a closing argument and make rebuttal statements.
(9) After presentation of the evidence, the Committee shall commence deliberations. A Committee Member shall make a motion to grant or to deny the petitioner's request in whole or in part. Following discussion of the motion, the Chair shall call for the question. The motion shall serve as the basis for the Committee Decision and Order. The Committee shall vote and make public the decision of the Committee during the hearing.
(10) The Committee may adjourn, reschedule, continue, or reopen a hearing on the motion of a member.
(11) Except as expressly authorized by law, there shall be no communication between the parties and the members of the Committee concerning the subject matter of the appeal before the hearing or prior to the issuance of a final Decision And Order. Any other oral or written communication from the parties to the members of the Committee, or from the members of the Committee to the parties, shall be directed to the Executive Secretary for transmittal.
(12) The following provisions govern any meeting
at which one or more members of the Committee or a party appears telephonically
or electronically pursuant to Utah Code Section [
(a) The anchor location is the physical location from which the electronic meeting originates or from which the participants are connected. The anchor location, unless otherwise designated in the notice, shall be at the offices of the Division of State Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah.
(b) If one or more members of the Committee or a party may participate electronically or telephonically, public notices of the meeting shall so indicate. In addition, the notice shall specify the anchor location where the members of the Committee not participating electronically or telephonically will be meeting and where interested persons and the public may attend and monitor the open portions of the meeting.
(c) When notice is given of the possibility of a member of the Committee appearing electronically or telephonically, any member of the Committee may do so and shall be counted as present for purposes of a quorum and may fully participate and vote on any matter coming before the Committee. At the commencement of the meeting, or at such time as any member of the Committee initially appears electronically or telephonically, the Chair shall identify for the record all those who are appearing telephonically or electronically. Votes by members of the Committee who are not at the physical location of the meeting shall be confirmed by the Chair.
(13) If the petitioner wishes to postpone the hearing or withdraw the appeal, the petitioner shall notify the Committee and the government entity in writing no later than two days prior to the scheduled hearing date. Failure to comply with this provision may result in a Committee order requiring that the petitioner pay the government entity's reasonable costs and expenses. The Committee will ordinarily deny a government entity's request to postpone the hearing, unless the government entity has obtained the petitioner's prior consent to reschedule the hearing date.
KEY: government documents, state records committee, records appeal hearings
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive
August 9, 2006]
Notice of Continuation: July 2, 2004
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Susan Mumford at the above address, by phone at 801-531-3861, by FAX at 801-531-3867, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.
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