7 CSR 10-4.010 - Administrative Review of Denial of Eligibility Or Amount of Relocation Assistance Benefits

Current through Register Vol. 46, No. 24, December 15, 2021

PURPOSE: This amendment provides a uniform system for administrative review of final department determinations as to the eligibility for relocation assistance payments, the amount of relocation assistance payments, or both.

(1) Request for Administrative Review. Any person aggrieved by a final district determination as to eligibility for, the amount of a relocation assistance payment, or both, is entitled to administrative review of the determination by filing a written request for hearing with the district engineer.
(A) Receipt Deadline. The request for hearing must be received by the district engineer within sixty (60) days after receipt by the applicant of the written notice of relocation claim rejection from the district engineer.
(B) Application. To be sufficient to authorize administrative review, the applicant's written request for hearing shall identify the person requesting the hearing , state that such person is eligible for a relocation assistance payment, and request that a relocation assistance payment in a specific amount be made to such person.
(C) Answer. No answer or response by the department is necessary. Upon receipt of a request for hearing, the district engineer immediately shall forward the request along with a copy of the district engineer's written notice of relocation claim rejection to the commission's chief counsel. The chief counsel shall acknowledge receipt of the request and assign counsel as the commission's hearing examiner and department counsel, respectively, to the hearing.
(2) Untimely Request for Administrative Review. Untimely requests for hearing shall result in the appeal board having no jurisdiction to hear the request. As a result, the commission's hearing examiner shall issue an order that dismisses the applicant's request and notify the applicant or counsel for applicant and department counsel in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested of the order.
(3) Hearing Officer. The hearing examiner will conduct the hearing as provided in Chapter 536, RSMo and this rule, including, but not limited to, ruling on all discovery matters, objections, and motions, and having the hearing record transcribed.
(4) Notice of Hearing. The hearing examiner shall give written notice of the date of the hearing to the applicant or counsel for applicant and counsel for the department, and the hearing date will be not less than fifteen (15) days from the date of the notice. In instances where more than one (1) request for hearing is received from the same applicant, the hearing examiner may consolidate the cases. Either party may request that the hearing examiner grant a continuance. All hearings will be held at the Missouri Department of Transportation Building, 105 W. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
(5) Discovery. Any party may conduct any method of discovery authorized in Chapter 536, RSMo.
(6) Subpoenas. Witnesses may be summoned to appear to give testimony or to give testimony and produce documents from a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum issued by the hearing examiner as authorized under section 536.077, RSMo.
(7) Hearing. There are only two (2) ultimate issues in a relocation assistance case-eligibility of the applicant for a relocation assistance payment and the amount of the payment. The applicant presents evidence first at the hearing in support of the applicant's claim for relocation assistance benefits. Then the department presents its evidence. The parties may make closing arguments before conclusion of the hearing. Any party may file a written brief and the hearing examiner may request any party to file a written brief, suggested findings of fact and conclusions of law, or both, within the time set by the hearing examiner.
(8) Record. Any party may obtain a copy of the transcript of the hearing at that party's expense.
(9) Report and Order. The hearing examiner shall submit to the appeal board a copy of the record along with a proposed report and order.
(10) Final Decision of the Appeal Board. The commission delegates to and vests its final authority to determine relocation assistance claims in an appeal board which consists of the chief engineer or a designated assistant, the assistant to the state design engineer right-of-way or a designated assistant and the chief counsel or a designated counsel that did not serve as the hearing examiner at the hearing. The board shall render a final decision by a majority vote with each board member having one (1) vote. The appeal board's decision shall be the final decision of the commission.
(11) Conflict With Other Administrative Rules. The provisions of this rule supersede any inconsistent provisions in 7 CSR 10-4.020.

Notes

7 CSR 10-4.010
AUTHORITY: sections 226.150 and 523.210, RSMo 1986; 42 U.S.C. 4630; 42 U.S.C. 4633; 23 CFR 740.8; and 23 CFR 740.37.* Original rule filed June 9, 1975, effective June 19, 1975. Amended: Filed Nov. 24, 1975, effective Dec. 4, 1975. Refiled March 17, 1976. Rescinded and readopted: Filed March 4, 1983, effective June 15, 1983. Amended: Filed May 17, 1993, effective Jan. 31, 1994. Amended by Missouri Register May 15, 2018/Volume 43, Number 10, effective 7/2/2018

*Original authority: 226.150, RSMo 1939, amended 1977 and 523.210, RSMo 1971.

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