The Vermont Statutes Online
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
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.)