Sec. 3-1-5 - Conduct of public hearing on proposed adoption, amendment or repeal of rule or regulation

Sec. 3-1-5 Conduct of public hearing on proposed adoption, amendment or repeal of rule or regulation.

         (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.

         (e) Unless otherwise specifically ordered by the presiding officer, testimony given at the hearing shall not be reported verbatim.

        [Eff. MAR 30 1981] (Auth: HRS Secs. 26-38, 91-2) (Imp: HRS Sec. 91-3)

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