SB 0970 Replaces all state administrative institutions hearings with a new Office of Administrative Hearings
LR Number:3129S.04I Fiscal Note:3129-04
Last Action:02/23/00 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:January 1, 2001
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SB 970 - This act replaces most administrative hearings held by or within executive branch departments with a newly created Office of Administrative Hearings, located within the Office of Administration. Administrative hearings within the legislative and judicial branches are exempted.

Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) are appointed by the Governor. They then select a chief ALJ. Administrative Law Judges would be compensated at 90% of an associate circuit judge. The chief ALJ receives an additional $5,000. The chief ALJ is responsible for setting hearing procedures and other rules.

Administrative Law Judges may not be employed to influence the office for two years after termination. However, they may practice law before another ALJ within those two years. All current department procedures regarding hearings (evidence, notice, limitations) still apply. All current references to the Administrative Hearing Commission shall be interpreted to mean this new office.

This act would become effective January 1, 2001.