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RULE §187.23General Provisions

(a) SOAH hearings of contested cases shall be conducted in accordance with the Act, the APA, SOAH rules, and board rules. In the event of a conflict, the Act shall prevail over any other statute or rule, the APA shall prevail over SOAH rules, and SOAH rules shall prevail over the rules of the board, except when board rules provide the board's interpretation of the Act. If SOAH rules are silent on an issue addressed by this subchapter, the provisions of this subchapter shall be applied.

(b) The ALJ has the authority under SOAH rules, Chapter 155, to issue orders, to regulate the conduct of the proceeding, rule on motions, establish deadlines, clarify the scope of the proceeding, schedule and conduct prehearing and posthearing conferences for any purpose related to any matter in the case, set out additional requirements for participation in the case, and take any other steps conducive to a fair and efficient process in the contested case, including referral of the case to a mediated settlement conference or other appropriate alternative dispute resolution procedure as provided by Chapter 2003 of the Government Code.

(c) Any person may file a motion to be admitted as a party upon showing of a justiciable interest.

(d) All documents are to be filed at SOAH after it acquires jurisdiction. Copies of all documents filed at SOAH shall be contemporaneously filed with the Hearings Coordinator of the board.

(e) Because of the often voluminous nature of the records properly received into evidence by the ALJ, the party introducing such documentary evidence should paginate each exhibit and/or flag pertinent pages in each exhibit in order to expedite the hearing and the decision-making process.

(f) In accordance with the provisions of the APA, Section 2001.058(e), a party may file an interlocutory or interim appeal to the board requesting that the board vacate or modify an order issued by an ALJ.

(g) Final argument by the parties, whether written or oral, shall proceed by allowing the party with the burden of proof to open and conclude. In disciplinary matters, board staff will make argument, the respondent/licensee will be permitted to make a reply argument, and board staff will be permitted to make rebuttal argument in that order. In licensure matters, the respondent/applicant shall make argument, the board staff shall be permitted to make reply argument, and the respondent/applicant shall be permitted rebuttal argument, in that order.

(h) Within the time line set out in SOAH rules, after the conclusion of the hearing, the ALJ shall prepare and serve on the parties a proposal for decision that includes the ALJ's findings of fact and conclusions of law.

(i) After receiving the ALJ's findings of fact and conclusions of law, the board shall rule on the merits of the charges and enter an order.

Source Note: The provisions of this §187.23 adopted to be effective January 6, 2002, 26 TexReg 10867; amended to be effective November 7, 2004, 29 TexReg 10113; amended to be effective January 25, 2006, 31 TexReg 394

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