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RULE §533.8Motions for Rehearing
ISSUE 05/24/2019
ACTION Final/Adopted
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

(a)The timely filing of a motion for rehearing is a prerequisite to appeal. The motion must be filed with the Commission by:

  (1)delivering the motion in-person to the Commission's headquarters;

  (2)sending the motion via email to administration@trec.texas.gov; or

  (3)sending the motion via fax to (512) 936-3788, ATTN: TREC General Counsel.

(b)Motions for rehearing are controlled by the APA, §§2001.145 - 2001.147 and this section.

(c)A motion for rehearing shall set forth the particular finding of fact, conclusion of law, ruling, or other action which the complaining party asserts caused substantial injustice to the party and was in error, such as violation of a constitutional or statutory provision, lack of authority, unlawful procedure, lack of substantial evidence, abuse of discretion, other error of law, or other good cause specifically described in the motion. In the absence of specific grounds in the motion, the Commission will take no action and the motion will be overruled by operation of law.

(d)The Commission delegates authority to hear and rule on motions for rehearing to the Commission's Enforcement Committee, consisting of three Commission members appointed by the Commission chair.

(e)Any party may request oral arguments before the Enforcement Committee prior to the final disposition of the motion for rehearing. If the Enforcement Committee grants a request for oral argument, oral arguments will be conducted in accordance with paragraphs (1) - (5) of this subsection.

  (1)The chair of the Enforcement Committee or the member designated by the chair to preside (the presiding member) shall announce the case. Upon the request of any party, the presiding member may conduct a prehearing conference with the parties and their attorneys of record. The presiding member may announce reasonable time limits for any oral arguments to be presented by the parties.

  (2)The hearing on the motion shall be limited to a consideration of the grounds set forth in the motion. Testimony by affidavit or documentary evidence, such as excerpts of the record before the presiding officer, may be offered in support of, or in opposition to, the motion; provided, however, a party offering affidavit testimony or documentary evidence must provide the other party with copies of the affidavits or documents at the time the motion is filed. New evidence may not be presented on the substance of the case unless the party submitting the evidenced can establish that the new evidence was not reasonably available at the time of the original hearing, or the party offering the evidence was misled by a party regarding the necessity for offering the evidence at the original hearing.

  (3)In presenting oral arguments, the party filing the motion will have the burden of proof and persuasion and shall open and close. The party responding to the motion may offer rebuttal arguments. Parties may request an opportunity for additional rebuttal, subject to the discretion of the presiding member.

  (4)After being recognized by the presiding member, the members of the Enforcement Committee may ask questions of the parties. If a party is represented by counsel, the questions must be directed to the party's attorney. Questions must be limited to the grounds asserted for the motion to be granted and to the arguments made by the parties.

  (5)Upon the conclusion of oral arguments, questions by the members of the Enforcement Committee, and any discussion by the members of the Enforcement Committee, the presiding member shall call for a vote on the motion. A member of the Enforcement Committee need not make a separate motion or second a motion filed by a party. The presiding member may vote on the motion. A motion may be granted only if a majority of the Enforcement Committee members are present and vote in favor of the motion. In the event of a tie vote, the presiding member shall announce that the motion is overruled.

(f)A petition for judicial review must be filed in a District Court of Travis County Texas as provided by the APA. A party filing a petition for judicial review must also comply with the requirements of Texas Occupations Code, §1101.707.

(g)A party who appeals a final decision in a contested case must pay all costs for the preparation of the original or a certified copy of the record of the agency proceeding that is required to be transmitted to the reviewing court.

(h)If, after judicial review, the administrative penalty is reduced or not assessed, the Executive Director shall remit to the person charged the appropriate amount, plus accrued interest if the administrative penalty has been paid, or shall execute a release of the bond if a supersedeas bond has been posted. The accrued interest on amounts remitted by the Executive Director under this subsection shall be paid at a rate equal to the rate charged on loans to depository institutions by the New York Federal Reserve Bank, and shall be paid for the period beginning on the date that the assessed administrative penalty is paid to the Commission and ending on the date the administrative penalty is remitted.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on May 8, 2019


Kristen Worman

Deputy General Counsel

Texas Real Estate Commission

Effective date: May 28, 2019

Proposal publication date: March 1, 2019

For further information, please call: (512) 936-3093

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