§ 23-74-10. Hearings.
(a) If the director proposes to take action against the practitioner as described in this chapter and pursuant to § 23-1-22, the director must first notify the practitioner against whom the action is proposed to be taken and provide the practitioner with an opportunity to request a hearing. If the practitioner does not request a hearing by notifying the director within thirty (30) days after service of the notice of the proposed action, the director may proceed with the action without a hearing. If a hearing is requested, a hearing shall be scheduled by the director as soon as is practicable. The director shall, issue a notice of a hearing of the charges, which shall specify the time and place of the hearing and notify the accused that he or she may file with the director a written response within twenty (20) days of the date of service. The notice shall also notify the accused that a stenographic record of the proceedings will be kept, that he or she will have the opportunity to appear personally and to have counsel present with the right to produce witnesses and evidence in his or her own behalf, to cross examine witnesses, to examine any documentary evidence that may be produced against him or her and to have subpoenas issued by the director.
(b) The director may at the director's discretion reinstate the right to practice and may impose any disciplinary measure listed under this chapter. Provided, the time limits set forth in this chapter shall control over any inconsistent or contrary provisions in § 23-1-22.
(P.L. 2002, ch. 133, § 1.)