Title 7
Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships

Chapter 11
Rhode Island Uniform Securities Act

Part VII

R.I. Gen. Laws 7-11-710

 7-11-710.  Administrative proceedings.

(a) The director may commence an administrative proceeding under this chapter by entering a notice of intent to do a contemplated act. The notice of intent may be entered without notice, without opportunity for hearing, and need not be supported by findings of fact or conclusions of law, but must be in writing.

(b) Upon entry of a notice of intent, the director promptly notifies, in writing, all parties against whom action is contemplated that the notice has been entered together with a brief statement of reasons for the entry of the notice of intent. The director sends to all parties against whom action is contemplated a notice of opportunity for hearing on the matters described in the notice of intent. The director, upon receipt of a written request within thirty (30) days of the entry of the notice of intent, shall set the matter for hearing no more than sixty (60) nor less than twenty (20) days from the receipt of the request for hearing and shall promptly notify the parties of the time and place for hearing.

(c) The director, whether or not a written request for a hearing is received from any interested party, may set the matter down for hearing on the director's own motion.

(d) The director may by order take the action contemplated in the notice of intent:

(1) Thirty (30) days after the parties against whom action is contemplated receive notice of the right to request a hearing if that person fails to request a hearing; or

(2) One day following the date set for a hearing requested by a party if the party fails to appear at the hearing.

(e) If a hearing is requested or ordered, the director, after notice of the opportunity for hearing to all persons against whom action is contemplated, may modify or vacate the order or extend it until final determination.

(f) For the purpose of conducting any hearing as provided in this section, the director has the power to call any party to testify under oath at hearings, to require the attendance of witnesses, the production of books, records, and papers and to take the depositions of witnesses; and for that purpose the director is authorized, at the request of the person requesting a hearing or upon his or her own initiative, to issue a subpoena for any witness or a subpoena duces tecum to compel the production of any books, records, or papers.

(g) (1) A party entitled to a hearing under this section may appear on his or her own behalf or may be represented by an attorney. A party has the right to present all relevant evidence and to examine all opposing witnesses who appear on any matter relevant to the issues.

(2) Upon written request to another party, any party is entitled to:

(i) Obtain the names and addresses of witnesses who will or may be called by the other party to testify at the hearing; and

(ii) Inspect and copy any documents or items that the other party will or may introduce in evidence at the hearing.

(h) The director passes upon the admissibility of evidence and may exclude evidence that is incompetent, irrelevant, immaterial, and unduly repetitious.

(i) The director may conduct the hearing, or the director may appoint a hearing officer to conduct the hearing. A hearing officer has the same powers and authority in conducting a hearing as the director. The hearing officer shall be admitted to the practice of law in this state and be possessed of any additional qualifications that the director requires. The director may direct the hearing officer to submit to the director a written report stating proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law and a recommendation of the action to be taken by the director. The director may order additional testimony to be taken or permit the introduction of further documentary evidence.

(j) A final order or order after hearing including entry of written findings of fact and conclusions of law.

History of Section.
P.L. 1990, ch. 460, 2.