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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 1TEXAS BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 5REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNERS
SUBCHAPTER KHEARINGS--CONTESTED CASES
RULE §5.242Board Responsibilities

(a) The Board shall investigate Contested Case matters and attempt to resolve Contested Cases informally as provided in Subchapter I of this chapter (relating to Disciplinary Action). However, if a Contested Case is not settled informally pursuant to Subchapter I of this chapter, it shall be referred to SOAH for a formal hearing to determine whether there has been a violation of any of the statutory provisions or rules enforced by the Board.

(b) A formal hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of SOAH.

(c) After a formal hearing of a Contested Case, the SOAH administrative law judge who conducted the formal hearing shall prepare a proposal for decision and submit it to the Board so that the Board may render a final decision with regard to the Contested Case. The proposal for decision shall include findings of fact and conclusions of law.

(d) Any party of record in a Contested Case who is adversely affected by the proposal for decision may file exceptions and briefs within 20 days after the date of service of the proposal for decision. Replies to exceptions and briefs may be filed within 15 days after the date for the filing of exceptions and briefs. Exceptions, briefs, and replies shall be filed with the Board and copies shall be served on the administrative law judge and on all other parties in the same manner as for serving other documents in a Contested Case.

(e) Any party of record in a Contested Case may request an oral hearing before the Board. A request for an oral hearing shall be filed with the Board and copies shall be served on the administrative law judge and on all other parties in the same manner as for serving other documents in a Contested Case. The Board, in its sole discretion, shall determine whether to grant or deny a request for an oral hearing. If a request for an oral hearing is granted, each party of record shall be allotted 30 minutes to make an oral presentation to the Board.

(f) Upon the expiration of the time provided for the filing of exceptions and briefs or, if exceptions and briefs are filed, upon the 10th day following the time provided for the filing of replies to exceptions and briefs, the Board may render a decision to finally resolve a Contested Case. The Board may change a finding of fact or conclusion of law made by an administrative law judge or may vacate or modify an order issued by an administrative law judge only if the Board determines:

  (1) that the administrative law judge did not properly apply or interpret applicable law, agency rules, written policies, or prior administrative decisions;

  (2) that a prior administrative decision on which the administrative law judge relied is incorrect or should be changed; or

  (3) that a technical error in a finding of fact should be changed.

(g) If the Board makes a change to a finding of fact or conclusion of law or vacates or modifies an order pursuant to subsection (f) of this section, the Board must state in writing the specific reason and the legal basis for the change.

(h) The Board shall issue a written order regarding the Board's decision to finally resolve a Contested Case that is not settled informally. The written order shall include findings of fact and conclusions of law that are based on the official record of the Contested Case. The written order may adopt by reference the findings of fact and conclusions of law made by an administrative law judge and included in the proposal for decision submitted to the Board.

(i) Motions for rehearing and appeals may be filed and judicial review of final decisions of the Board may be sought pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act. The party who appeals a final decision in a Contested Case shall be responsible for the cost of the preparation of the original or a certified copy of the record of the agency proceeding that is required to be sent to the reviewing court.

(j) The Board and the administrative law judge who presides over the formal hearing in a Contested Case shall refer to the following guidelines to determine the appropriate penalty for a violation of any of the statutory provisions or rules enforced by the Board:

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(k) The penalty for a violation of any of the statutory provisions or rules enforced by the Board may vary from the penalty recommended in subsection (j) of this section if justified by the circumstances of the matter or the disciplinary history of the respondent.

(l) For any violation where revocation is recommended as an appropriate penalty for the violation, refusing to renew the respondent's certificate of registration also shall be an appropriate penalty for the violation.

(m) If the Board or the administrative law judge determines that an administrative penalty is the appropriate sanction for a violation, the guidelines described in §5.187 of this title (relating to Administrative Penalty Schedule) shall be applied to determine the amount of the administrative penalty.


Source Note: The provisions of this §5.242 adopted to be effective September 19, 1996, 21 TexReg 8684; amended to be effective July 7, 2002, 27 TexReg 5780; amended to be effective July 5, 2004, 29 TexReg 6295; amended to be effective September 19, 2006, 31 TexReg 7997; amended to be effective June 13, 2010, 35 TexReg 4713; amended to be effective April 17, 2012, 37 TexReg 2638; amended to be effective November 23, 2014, 39 TexReg 9009

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