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RULE §80.131Interlocutory Appeals and Certified Questions

(a) No interlocutory appeals may be made to the commission by a party to a proceeding before a judge except that in an enforcement action a party may seek an interlocutory appeal to the commission on jurisdictional issues only.

(b) On a motion by a party or on the judge's own motion, the judge may certify a question to the commission. Certified questions may be made at any time during a proceeding, regarding commission policy, jurisdiction, or the imposition of any sanction by the judge which would substantially impair a party's ability to present its case. Policy questions for certification purposes include, but are not limited to:

  (1) the commission's interpretation of its rules and applicable statutes;

  (2) which rules or statutes are applicable to the proceeding; or

  (3) whether commission policy should be established or clarified as to a substantive or procedural issue of significance to the proceeding.

(c) If a question is certified, the judge shall file a request to answer the certified question with the chief clerk and serve copies on the parties. Within five days after the request is filed, all parties to the proceeding may file briefs or replies. The chief clerk shall provide copies of the request and any briefs or replies to the general counsel and commission. Upon the request of the general counsel or a commissioner to the general counsel, the request will be scheduled for consideration during a commission meeting. The chief clerk shall give the judge and all parties notice of the meeting. The judge may abate the hearing until the commission answers the certified question, or continue with the hearing if the judge determines that no party will be substantially harmed. If the chief clerk does not receive a request from the general counsel to set the question for consideration within 15 days after filing, the request is denied by operation of law.

Source Note: The provisions of this §80.131 adopted to be effective June 6, 1996, 21 TexReg 4763; amended to be effective May 15, 1997, 22 TexReg 4000; amended to be effective November 15, 2001, 26 TexReg 91058; amended to be effective May 3, 2012, 37 TexReg 3147

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