(a) Each public
hearing on proposed adoption, amendment or repeal of a rule or regulation shall
be presided over by the comptroller or by his duly authorized representative.
The hearing shall be conducted in such a way to afford interested persons a
reasonable opportunity to be heard on matters relevant to the issues involved
and to obtain a clear and orderly record. The presiding officer shall have
authority to administer oaths or affirmations and to take all other actions
necessary to assure the orderly conduct of the hearing.
(b) Each hearing shall be held at the time
and place set in the notice of hearing. The hearing may be continued by the
presiding officer to a later time or date or to a different place without
notice other than the announcement made at the hearing.
(c) At the commencement of the hearing, the
presiding officer shall read the notice of hearing and shall then outline
briefly the procedure to be followed. Evidence shall then be received with
respect to the matters specified in the notice of hearing in such order as the
presiding officer shall prescribe.
(d) All interested persons shall be given
reasonable opportunity to offer evidence with respect to the matters specified
in the notice of hearing. Every witness shall, before proceeding to testify,
state his name, address and whom he represents at the hearing, and shall give
such other information respecting his appearance as the presiding officer may
request. Every witness shall be subject to questioning by the presiding officer
or by any other authorized representative of the department, but
cross-examination by private persons shall not be permitted without the
presiding officer's permission.
Unless otherwise specifically ordered by the presiding officer, testimony given
at the hearing shall not be reported verbatim.