§ 5-20.9-18. Hearing before revocation or suspension; Refusal of registration. [Effective July 1, 2018.].
(a) Before refusing to issue a registration or suspending or revoking a registration, the director shall notify the applicant or registrant of his or her intended action and the grounds for the action. The applicant or registrant may, within twenty (20) days, file with the director a request for a hearing setting out an answer to the grounds specified in the notification. The director shall consider the answer and set a date for the hearing, notifying the applicant or registrant of that date at least twenty (20) days prior to the hearing date.
(b) Before refusing to issue a registration or suspending or revoking a registration upon the verified written complaint of any person setting out a cause of action under this chapter, the director shall, in writing, notify the accused applicant or registrant of its receipt of the complaint, enclosing a copy of the complaint. The accused applicant or registrant shall, within twenty (20) days, file with the department its answer to the complaint or complaints.
(c) The department shall transmit a copy of the answer to the complainant or complainants and set a time and place for a hearing, which shall be at least twenty (20) days prior to the hearing date.
(d) All notices and answers required or authorized to be made or filed under this section shall be satisfied by personal service on the controlling person of the registrant, or the registrant's agent for service of process in this state, or by sending the notice to the controlling person of the registrant or to the applicant to the last known address on file with the department. If served personally, the time runs from the date of service; if served by mail, from the postmarked date of the letter enclosing the document.
(e) The director shall render a decision on any application or complaint after the final hearing in the matter and shall immediately notify the parties to the proceedings, in writing, of its rulings, orders, or decisions. If the matter contained in the complaint has been filed or made a part of a case pending in any court in this state, the director may then withhold its decision until the court action has been concluded.
(f) Hearings shall be held in accordance with rules promulgated by the department in conformity with the provisions of the administrative procedures act, chapter 35 of title 42 ("APA"). Any party aggrieved by a final administrative decision of the director may appeal the decision in accordance with the provisions of the APA.
(P.L. 2017, ch. 14, § 1; P.L. 2017, ch. 26, § 1.)