The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 3: Executive

Chapter 25: ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

3 V.S.A. § 840. Public hearing and comment



§ 840. Public hearing and comment

(a) The agency may hold one or more public hearings for each proposed rule. A public hearing shall be scheduled if so requested by 25 persons, by a governmental subdivision or agency, by the interagency committee on administrative rules, or by an association having 25 or more members. The first hearing shall not be held sooner than 30 days following the notice required by section 839 of this title.

(b) On request, the agency shall promptly provide a copy of a proposed or final proposed rule. If the copy is mailed, it shall be sent not later than the end of the third working day after the request is received. The agency may charge for copying costs in the amount provided by law.

(c) An agency shall afford all persons reasonable opportunity to submit data, views or arguments, orally or in writing, at least through the seventh day following the last public hearing.

(d) The agency shall consider fully all written and oral submissions concerning the proposed rule, and all submissions on separate requirements for small businesses. The agency shall provide information to all individuals, who submitted written or oral comment, on the procedure for adoption of rules and how to obtain changes in the proposed rule.

(e) If requested by an interested person at any time before 30 days after final adoption of a rule, the adopting authority shall issue an explanation of the proposed rule. The explanation shall include:

(1) a concise statement of the principal reasons for and against the adoption of the rule in its final form; and

(2) an explanation of why the adopting authority overruled the arguments and considerations against the rule. (Added 1981, No. 82, § 6; amended 1985, No. 56, § 4; 1999, No. 146 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 2009, No. 146 (Adj. Sess.), § F3.)