Purpose: To amend WAC 308-48-810 as to when brief adjudicative proceedings can be used, to add a new section, WAC 308-48-815, clarifying objections to brief adjudicative proceedings and conversion to formal adjudicative hearings, and to repeal WAC 308-48-820 and 308-48-830.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 308-48-820 and 308-48-830; and amending WAC 308-48-810.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.39.175 and chapter 34.05 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-16-003 on July 21, 2005.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 1, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 1, Repealed 2.
Date Adopted: November 22, 2005.
Joe Vincent Jr.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 97-21-063, filed 10/14/97, effective 11/14/97)
WAC 308-48-810 ((
Application of)) Brief adjudicative
proceedings -- When they can be used.
(1) The board adopts RCW 34.05.482 through 34.05.494 for the administration of brief
adjudicative proceedings conducted (( by request, and/or)) at
the discretion of the board (( chair pursuant to RCW 34.05.482,
for the categories of matters set forth below)). Brief
adjudicative proceedings (( will be limited to a determination
of one or more of the following issues:
(1) Whether an applicant for a license meets the minimum criteria for a license to operate a funeral establishment, branch funeral establishment, or a crematory; or to receive a prearrangement funeral service contract license; or for a license to practice as a funeral director, embalmer, apprentice funeral director, or apprentice embalmer; and the board proposes to deny the application;
(2) Whether a person is in compliance with the terms and conditions of a final order or agreement previously issued by the board;
(3) Whether an education course or curriculum meets the criteria for approval when approval by the board is required or authorized by statute or rule;
(4) Whether a license holder requesting renewal has submitted all required information and whether a license holder meets minimum criteria for renewal; and
(5) Whether a license holder has been certified by a lending agency and reported to the board for nonpayment or default on a federally or state-guaranteed educational loan or service-conditional scholarship)) can be used in place of formal adjudicative hearings whenever the board issues a statement of charges, notice of intent to issue a cease and desist order, or temporary cease and desist order alleging that an applicant or licensee's conduct, act(s), or condition(s) constitute unlicensed practice or unprofessional conduct as that term is defined under chapter 18.235 RCW, the Uniform Regulation of Business and Professions Act. Brief adjudicative proceedings can also be used whenever the statement of charges, notice of intent to issue a cease and desist order, or temporary cease and desist order alleges violations of any statute or rule that specifically governs disciplinary actions within a profession for which the applicant seeks a license or from which the licensee holds a license.
(2) Brief adjudicative proceedings may be used to determine the following issues, including, but not limited to:
(a) Whether an applicant has satisfied terms for reinstatement of a license after a period of license restriction, suspension, or revocation;
(b) Whether an applicant is eligible to sit for a professional licensing examination;
(c) Whether an applicant or licensee has satisfied financial security requirements by providing adequate proof of surety bonds or other proof of financial security, as required by law;
(d) Whether a sanction proposed by the board is appropriate based on the stipulated facts;
(e) Whether an applicant meets minimum requirements for an initial or renewal application;
(f) Whether an applicant has failed the professional licensing examination;
(g) Whether a licensee has sufficient continuing education credits when the licensee submits a renewal application;
(h) Whether an applicant or licensee failed to cooperate in an investigation by the department;
(i) Whether an applicant or licensee was convicted of a crime that should disqualify the applicant or licensee from holding the specific license sought or held;
(j) Whether an applicant or licensee has defaulted on educational loans;
(k) Whether an applicant or licensee has violated the terms of a final order issued by the director or director's designee;
(l) Whether a licensee has committed recordkeeping violations;
(m) Whether a licensee has committed trust account violations;
(n) Whether an applicant or licensee has engaged in false, deceptive, or misleading advertising;
(o) Whether a person has engaged in unlicensed practice; or
(p) Whether an education course or curriculum meets the criteria for approval when approval by the board is required or authorized by statute or rule.
(3) In addition to the situations enumerated in subsection (2) of this section, the board may conduct brief adjudicative proceedings instead of formal adjudicative hearings whenever the parties have stipulated to the facts and the only issues presented are issues of law, or whenever issues of fact exist but witness testimony is unnecessary to prove or disprove the relevant facts.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.39.175(4). 97-21-063, § 308-48-810, filed 10/14/97, effective 11/14/97.]
(2) In determining whether to convert a proceeding, the presiding officer may consider the following factors:
(a) Whether witness testimony will aid the presiding officer in resolving contested issues of fact;
(b) Whether the legal or factual issues are sufficiently complex to warrant a formal adjudicative proceeding, including whether there are multiple issues of fact or law;
(c) Whether a brief adjudicative proceeding will establish an adequate record for further agency or judicial review;
(d) Whether the legal issues involved in the proceeding present questions of legal significance or are being raised for the first time before the agency;
(e) Whether conversion of the proceeding will cause unnecessary delay in resolving the issues; and
(f) Any other factors that the presiding officer deems relevant in reaching a determination.
The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
|WAC 308-48-820||Preliminary record in brief adjudicative proceedings.|
|WAC 308-48-830||Conduct of brief adjudicative proceedings.|