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Any citizen of this State may request such an opinion. Requests by teachers (including administrators at all levels) and members of the General Assembly will be responded to with official opinions of the Commission. These official opinions will be researched and drafted by the staff of the Commission and will have the approval of the Commission. The Commission views official opinions to be binding on it. Requests by all others will be responded to with unofficial opinions of the Commission. The unofficial opinions will be researched and drafted by the staff of the Commission and will have the approval of the Executive Director. The Commission does not view unofficial opinions as binding on it. Both the Commission and the Executive Director may issue official or unofficial opinions on their own without request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.01(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Content of the Request.</B> A person seeking an opinion shall send a letter or other written communication clearly entitled "Request for Opinion" to the Executive Director of the Commission, Building 20, Suite 2010, Executive Park West, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30329, providing the following: the name, address, and capacity (teacher, member of the General Assembly, or citizen) of the person requesting the opinion; a concise statement of the facts giving rise to the requests; a statement of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the persons who may provide additional information; a statement of whether the facts giving rise to the request are the subject of any disciplinary action, complaint, lawsuit, administrative case, or other contested action in any tribunal and a description of such action; and the signature of the person requesting the opinion.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.01(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Requests for Opinions Not Treated as Complaints.</B> This opinion procedure is not in any way to be constructed as a complaint process. It is anticipated that opinions will be requested before the questioned action is taken so that the Commission may provide guidance.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.01(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Publication.</B> All opinions will be published.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/506-3-.02" name="506-3-.02" title="506-3-.02">Rule 506-3-.02 Investigations and Recommendations as to Disciplinary Actions</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for Suspension or Revocation of Certificates. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Investigation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>General.</B> Upon receipt of information from the State Board, the Professional Standards Commission, the State Superintendent, the State Department, or Local Board, a local superintendent, any certified educator, or any individual resident of this State, who has cause to believe that a holder of a Georgia Educator Certificate has committed any offense for which the penalty is suspension or revocation of a certificate as provided in paragraph (3) below, the Commission shall conduct an investigation into the matter for the purpose of determining whether probable cause exists to believe that the educator has committed an act which warrants suspension or revocation proceedings to be instituted.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Report.</B> Such investigation ordered by the Executive Director shall yield a written report to be submitted to the Executive Committee for probable cause determination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Probable Cause.</B> If no probable cause is found, the Executive Director shall advise the person requesting the investigation or providing information of such findings. No further proceedings shall be had in the matter and the case shall be closed. If the Executive Committee finds probable cause, the Executive Director shall direct the filing of a Petition for Revocation or Suspension of Educator Certificate.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Petition. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Contents.</B> Upon the finding of probable cause, the Executive Director shall file a formal Petition for a suspension or revocation of the certificate with the Commission. The Chairperson of the Commission shall be named Petitioner, and the certificate holder shall be named Respondent throughout the proceedings. The Petition for suspension or revocation of the certificate shall set forth the name and last known address of the educator charged, certificate number held by such educator, the particular act or acts of conduct or performance for which the certificate is sought to be suspended or revoked, and the Petition shall further contain a prayer specifying relief sought by the Petitioner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Service of the Petition and Other Papers.</B> The Petition may be served on the Respondent personally by a process server appointed by the Commission or by Certified Mail, return receipt requested with delivery limited to the addressee only. Service is deemed perfected upon the date of personal service, proof of which shall be filed by the process server with the Commission, or upon the date of personal service, proof of which shall be the receipt returned to the Commission. Service of all other papers after service of the Petition may be made by first class mail addressed to the last known address of the Respondent or to his/her attorney with sufficient postage affixed thereto. Service of all other papers is deemed perfected on the date of mailing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Transmittal Letter.</B> The Petition shall be accompanied by a letter of transmittal to include notification that: the Respondent may answer the Petition, which Answer may include all defenses and pleadings by the Respondent and must include a request for hearing, if so desired. In the alternative, the Respondent may request that he/she be permitted to surrender his/her certificate by filing a Declaration of Request to Surrender. The request shall be presented to the Professional Standards Commission with the recommendation of the Commission. The Answer or Declaration of Request to Surrender must be filed with the Commission on or before 20 days following the date of service of the Petition on the Respondent. If no Answer or Declaration of Surrender of Educator Certificate is filed with the Commission within the specified time, the Respondent shall be deemed to have admitted the allegations of the Petition. In such event, the Petition will be placed on the Professional Standards Commission agenda for final action.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>General.</B> If a timely request for a hearing is received, the Executive Director or the Commission shall set the time and place for the hearing and shall notify the parties by formal Notice of Hearing accordingly. Notice of Hearing shall be served 20 days prior to the time set forth for the hearing. A Petition or Answer may be amended up to 14 days prior to the hearing. After such time any amendment may be made only with permission from the hearing officer when justice requires. The Petitioner shall prosecute the matter before a hearing tribunal constituted by three members of the Commission, none of whom has participated in nor was an informed party in any preliminary investigation or proceeding in the matter. The Petitioner shall retain an attorney from the staff of the Attorney General's office to represent him/her before the tribunal. The Commission shall appoint a disinterested member of the State Bar of Georgia to serve as hearing officer for the tribunal. The hearing will be conducted in all respects consistent with the requirements of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Notice of Hearing.</B> The Notice of Hearing shall contain: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Time and Location.</B> Time, place, and nature of the proceeding;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Jurisdiction.</B> The legal authorization and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Legal Citations.</B> A reference to the particular section of the statutes and policies, rules, or regulations involved;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Statement of the Case.</B> A short and plain statement of the matters asserted;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Subpoenas.</B> A statement as to the right of any party to subpoena witnesses and documentary evidence through the Commission.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Venue.</B> The hearing shall be held in the school district in which the Respondent was employed at the time the alleged offense(s) occurred, or, in the alternative, in Atlanta, Georgia, as the official headquarters of the Commission. Change of venue may be requested for cause and will be so ordered if both parties concur or if deemed necessary by the hearing tribunal upon advice of the hearing officer.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Nature and Style of Hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Contested Case.</B> The hearing for suspension or revocation of certificate shall be adversary in character and shall constitute a contested case.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Discovery.</B> Discovery shall not be available to the parties.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)4.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Evidence.</B> Evidence shall be submitted and ruled upon according to the provisions set forth in the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)4.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Record.</B> All proceedings shall be recorded by stenographic or electronic device and made part of the record.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conduct of Hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)5.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Presiding Officer.</B> The hearing shall be conducted by the chairperson of the hearing tribunal. The chairperson shall have authority to administer oaths and affirmations, to regulate the course of the hearing, to set the time and place for continued hearings, to fix the time for filing briefs and memoranda, and to reprimand or exclude from the hearing any person for any improper conduct committed in the presence of the hearing tribunal.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)5.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Hearing Officer.</B> The hearing officer shall have the authority to administer oaths and affirmations if so directed by the presiding officer and to rule on all matters of law, including but not limited to disposition of motions, objections, and other matters concerning the conduct of the proceedings.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)5.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Testimony.</B> All testimony given at the hearing shall be under oath.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)5.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Order of Presentation.</B> The Petitioner shall present its evidence or testimony first, after which the Respondent shall be entitled to present his/her evidence or testimony. The opposing party shall be entitled to cross-examine any witness. Either party shall be entitled to present rebuttal testimony or evidence.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)5.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Burden of Persuasion and the Burden of Producing Evidence.</B> The burden of persuasion shall be that of the Petitioner by a preponderance of the credible evidence. The burden of producing evidence initially shall be that of the Petitioner to establish the ground(s) for revocation or suspension. Thereafter the burden shall shift to the Respondent to show why the certificate should not be provoked or suspended, even if the purported ground(s) is (are) establish.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(c)5.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Oral Presentations.</B> Either party may be allowed to make opening statements and closing arguments.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Decision. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Report of the Tribunal.</B> After conclusion of the hearing, the hearing tribunal shall make a report to the Professional Standards Commission for action through the Executive Director. Said report shall be part of the record and shall be served on all parties in the matter. The report shall include findings of fact as to each charge enumerated in the Petition, conclusions of law, and recommendations as to whether the Respondent's certificate should be suspended or revoked, and as to the period of time to be applied.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(1)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Exceptions.</B> Within 30 days after service of the report, the party may file with the Commission exceptions to said report which will become part of the record and will be submitted to the Professional Standards Commission for consideration and final action. Such proceedings before the Professional Standards Commission shall be conducted pursuant to Professional Standards Commission rules.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for Denial of Certificates. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Investigation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>General.</B> Upon receipt of information from the Professional Standards Commission, the State Board, the State Superintendent, the State Department, a Local Board, a local superintendent, any certified educator, or any individual resident of this State, who has cause to believe that an applicant for a Georgia Educator Certificate has committed any offense for which the penalty is denial of a certificate as provided in subparagraph (3), below, the Commission shall conduct an investigation into the matter for the purpose of determining whether the application for teaching certificate should be denied.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Report.</B> Such investigation shall yield a recommendation that the application be denied or that a certificate be issued. In that event the recommendation is that the application be denied, the following procedures shall be applied:</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Notification.</B> The Executive Director shall serve notice on the applicant in the manner of service of a Petition of the decision to recommend denial; of the reason(s) on which the decision is based; of the applicant's right to contest the decision by requesting a hearing, which request must be in writing and must be filed within 10 days following service of the notice of proposed denial; that failure to contest denial within the prescribed time will result in the forwarding of the recommendation to the Professional Standards Commission for final action.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Hearing.</B> If a timely request for a hearing is received, the Executive Director shall set the time and place of the hearing and shall notify the parties by Notice of Hearing accordingly. Notice of Hearing shall be served 20 days prior to the time set forth for the Hearing. A Petition or Answer may be amended up to 14 days prior to the hearing. After such time any amendment may be made only with permission from the hearing officer when justice requires. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures governing hearings for suspension and revocation of certificates with the exception of venue and burden of producing evidence. As to venue, the hearing shall be held in Atlanta, Georgia, as the official headquarters of the Commission, or, in the alternative, any site that is mutually agreed upon by the parties. As to burden of producing evidence, the burden of producing evidence establishing the ground(s) for denial shall be the Petitioners'. Thereafter, the burden shall shift to the Respondent to show why the certificate should be granted, even if the purported ground(s) is (are) established.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Decision. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Report of the Tribunal.</B> After the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing tribunal shall make a report through the Executive Director to the Professional Standards Commission for action. Said report shall be a part of the record and shall be served on all parties in the matter. The report shall include findings of fact as to each reason for proposed denial, conclusions of law, and recommendations as to whether the Respondent's certificate should be denied.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Exceptions.</B> Within 30 days after service of the report, the party may file with the Commission exceptions to said report, which will become part of the record and will be submitted to the Professional Standards Commission for consideration and final action. Such proceedings conducted by the Professional Standards Commission shall be conducted pursuant to the Professional Standards Commission rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Grounds for Revocation, Suspension and Denial.</B> The following constitute grounds for revocation, suspension, or denial of a certificate. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Fraud.</B> Obtaining or attempting to obtain a teacher certificate by fraudulent means or through misrepresentation of material facts.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Incapacity.</B> Physical, mental or emotional incapacity or unfitness.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Moral Turpitude.</B> Commission of an act constituting moral turpitude.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Felony or Misdemeanor.</B> Conviction, plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere for violation of a law punishable as a felony or misdemeanor, other than a minor traffic violation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Incompetency.</B> Incompetency to discharge assigned duties in the area or areas for which the educator is certified.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Violation of Ethics. Violation of Code of Professional Ethics for Educators.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Revocation in Another State.</B> Revocation of a teaching certificate in another state on grounds consistent with those specified in this subparagraph.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Personal Misconduct.</B> Personal conduct which seriously reduces the certificate holder's effectiveness in his/her employment position or which is detrimental to the health, welfare, discipline, or morals of pupils.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Breach of Contract.</B> Breach of contract of employment by abandonment of the work assignment without first being released from the contract of employment by a Local Board; however, the suspension for such abandonment shall not exceed one year for the first offense commencing on the day the order of the Professional Standards Commission is entered into record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(2)(d)3.(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Other Good Cause.</B> Any other good and sufficient cause.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Reapplication After Initial Certificate Denial.</B> In the event an application for a certificate has been denial on grounds which a certificate may be revoked or suspended, any subsequent application for a certificate shall not be filed earlier than two years from the date of the initial denial. On appeal, the Commission may exercise discretion on a case-by-case basis in considering the time to reapply after the initial denial.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Reinstatement After Suspension.</B> Any person whose certificate has been suspended may petition for early reinstatement of a suspended certificate or for early renewal of an expired certificate by submitting competent evidence to the Commission that the reason or reasons for the suspension have ceased to be a factor in the performance or conduct of the educator seeking reinstatement. The Commission shall make a recommendation regarding reinstatement to the Professional Standards Commission.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.02(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Reapplication After Revocation.</B> Any person whose certificate has been revoked may petition for the right to apply for a new certificate by submitting competent evidence to the Commission that the reason or reasons for the revocation have ceased to be a factor in the performance or conduct of the educator seeking a new certificate. The Commission shall make a recommendation regarding such application to the Professional Standards Commission. A period of three years shall have elapsed from the date of the certificate revocation before a petition to apply for a new certificate shall be considered by the Commission. If such initial petition to apply for a new certificate is denied, any subsequent petition to apply for a new certificate shall not be filed earlier than two years from the date of the previous denial order. The Commission reserves the discretion to consider the time to apply after the initial three-year waiting period on a case-by-case basis.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/506-3-.03" name="506-3-.03" title="506-3-.03">Rule 506-3-.03 Hearings on Behalf of Local Boards</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>General.</B> When serving as a tribunal on behalf of a Local Board hearing a matter involving the termination or nonrenewal of a contract of employment or demotion of a teacher, principal, or other employee having a contract for a definite term, the Commission will follow the rules and procedures utilized by such Local Board for such hearings. The Georgia Administrative Procedure Act shall not apply.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Grounds for Termination or Suspension.</B> The contract of employment of a teacher, principal or other employee having a contract for a definite term may be nonrenewed, terminated or suspended for the following reasons: Incompetency; Willful neglect of duties; Immorality; Inciting, Encouraging or counseling students to violate any valid state law, municipal ordinance, or policy or rule of the Local Board: To reduce staff due to loss of students or cancellation of programs; Failure to secure and maintain necessary educational training; or Any other good and sufficient cause.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Notice.</B> Before the discharge or suspension of a teacher, principal, or other employee having a contract of employment for a definite term, written notice of the charges shall be served at least 10 days before the date set for hearing and shall state: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Cause.</B> The cause or causes for his/her discharge, suspension, or demotion in sufficient detail to enable him/her fairly to show any error that may exist therein.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Witnesses and Evidence.</B> The names of the known witnesses and a concise summary of the evidence. The names of new witnesses shall be given as soon as practicable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Time and Place.</B> The time and place where the hearing thereon will be held.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Subpoenas.</B> That the charged teacher or other person, upon request, shall be furnished with compulsory process or subpoenas legally requiring the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents and other papers as provide by law.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Service.</B> All notices required relating to suspension from duty shall be served either personally or by certified mail. All notices required relating to demotion, termination, non-renewal of contract, or reprimand shall be served by certified mail. Service shall be deemed to be perfected when the notice is deposited in the United States mail addressed to the last known address of the addressee with sufficient postage affixed to the envelope.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Counsel and Subpoenas.</B> Any teacher, principal, or other person against whom charges have been brought shall be entitled to be represented by counsel and, upon request shall be entitled to have subpoenas or other compulsory process issued for attendance of witnesses and the production of documents and other evidence. Such subpoenas and compulsory process shall be issued in the name of the Local Board and shall be signed by the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of the Local Board. In all other respects, such subpoenas and other compulsory process shall be subject to the requirements of law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Request.</B> In the event that the Local Board seeks to have the Commission served as a tribunal for hearing the matter, the Local Board must so request in writing. The Executive Director shall designate a tribunal of Commission members to consists of not less than three nor more than five impartial persons possessed of academic expertise to conduct a hearing and to submit its findings and recommendations to the Local Board for its decision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Report.</B> The hearing shall be reported at the Local Board's expense. An original and two copies shall be filed in the Office of the Local Superintendent. In the event of an appeal to the State Board, the original shall be transmitted to the State Board as required by its rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Oath.</B> Oath or affirmation shall be administered to all witnesses by the Chairperson of the tribunal or his designee, or by the Hearing Officer if so requested by the Chairperson. Such oath shall be as follows: You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that the evidence shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So help you God.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(6)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Evidence.</B> All questions relating to admissibility of evidence or other legal matters shall be decided by the Chairperson or presiding officer, subject to the right of either party to appeal to the full hearing tribunal; provided, however, the parties by agreement may stipulate that some disinterested members of the State Bar of Georgia shall decide all questions of evidence and other legal issues arising before the tribunal. In all hearings, the burden of proof shall be on the school system, and it shall have the right to open and to conclude. Except as otherwise provided herein, the same rules governing non-jury trials in the Superior Courts shall prevail.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.03(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Decisions and Appeals.</B> The tribunal shall file its findings and recommendations with the Local Board within five days of the conclusion of the hearing unless otherwise stipulated by the parties, and the Local Board shall render its decision thereon within ten days after receipt of the transcript. Appeals may be taken to the State Board in accordance with O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=20-2-1160&amp;title=20#" target="_newtab">20-2-1160</a>, as now or hereafter amended and the rules and regulations of the State Board governing appeals.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/506-3-.04" name="506-3-.04" title="506-3-.04">Rule 506-3-.04 Consultative Services</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>General.</B> As part of its duty to maintain high standards for the teaching profession in Georgia, the Commission provides consultative services and technical assistance. Any citizen of this State may request such services and assistance, though the Commission will determine, based upon the nature of the request, the response that it shall provide. The consultative services and technical assistance will be performed by the Executive Director and the staff of the Commission under the direction of the Executive Director. The Commission does not view opinions expressed by the Executive Director and its staff as binding on it.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Content of Requests.</B> A person seeking consultative services or technical assistance shall send a letter or other written communication clearly entitled "Request for Consultative Services" or "Request for Technical Assistance" to the Executive Director of the Professional Practices Commission, Suite 2010, building 20, Executive Park West, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30329, providing the following: the name, address, and capacity (teacher, administrator, board member, or citizen) of the person requesting the services; a concise statement of the facts giving phone numbers of persons who may provide additional information; a statement whether the facts giving rise to the request are the subject of any disciplinary action, complaint, lawsuit, administrative case or other contested action in any tribunal and the description of such action; and the signature of the person requesting the services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Request for Services Not a Complaint Procedure.</B> This procedure is not in any way to be construed as a compliant process. It is anticipated that consultative services and technical assistance will be requested before any questioned action is taken so that the Commission may provide guidance.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/506-3-.05" name="506-3-.05" title="506-3-.05">Rule 506-3-.05 Public Information</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>General.</B> Request for information concerning the files or documents of the Commission shall be pursuant to the requirements of the Georgia Open Records Act. There are no other formal procedures to request public information.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Telephone Inquiries to the Executive Director and Staff.</B> Informal inquiries by telephone to the Executive Director and staff of the Commission are welcomed. Inquiries will be responded to by available staff members. However, neither the Executive Director nor a member of the staff will comment upon pending investigations or cases.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.05(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Conferences with the Executive Director and Staff.</B> Informal conferences with the Executive Director and the staff may be arranged as necessary. Neither the Executive Director nor a member of the staff will comment upon pending investigations or cases.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.05(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Requests Directly to Commissioners.</B> The everyday business of the Commission is carried out by the Executive Director and the staff of the Commission. Commissioners are not authorized to discuss or otherwise comment on pending investigations and/or hearings with the public; therefore, direct inquiries to Commissioners are discouraged and such should be referred to the Executive Director or staff member.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/506-3-.06" name="506-3-.06" title="506-3-.06">Rule 506-3-.06 Petition for a Rule</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>General.</B> Any interested person may petition the Commission requesting the promulgation, amendment, or repeal of a rule. The petition shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Director at the offices of the Commission.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Form of Petition.</B> The petition need not follow any particular form. The petition should be clearly designated "Petition for Promulgation, Amendment, or Repeal of a Rule," shall state the nature of the request, the reasons for the request, and have the name, address and signature of the person making the request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.06(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Consideration and Disposition.</B> The Executive Director shall review the petition and develop a proposed response. The petition and proposed response shall be submitted to the Executive Committee which shall rule on the petition. Within 30 days after submission of a petition, the Executive Committee shall either deny the petition in writing, stating its reasons for the denial, or shall initiate rule-making proceedings in accordance with the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/506-3-.07" name="506-3-.07" title="506-3-.07">Rule 506-3-.07 Petition for a Declaratory Ruling</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>General.</B> Any interested person may petition the Commission requesting a declaratory ruling as to the applicability of any statutory provision or any rule or order of the agency. The petition shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Director of the Commission.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Form of Petition.</B> The petition need not follow any particular form. The petition should be clearly designated "Petition for Declaratory Ruling," shall state the nature of the request, the reasons for the request, and have the name, address, and signature of the person making the request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="506-3-.07(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Consideration and Disposition.</B> The Executive Director shall review the petition and develop a proposed ruling. The petition and proposed ruling shall be submitted to the Executive Committee which shall rule on the petition. Within 30 days after submission of a petition, the Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Commission, shall make a ruling of the petition. Rulings disposing of such petitions have the same status as decisions or orders in contested cases.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/506-3-.08" name="506-3-.08" title="506-3-.08">Rule 506-3-.08 Forms and Instructions</a></h2> <P>No specific forms are required for any matters which are filed with the Commission. Models or guides for pleadings in contested cases and for other communications to the Commission are available on request for a copying fee.</P> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/506-3-.01" name="506-3-.01" title="506-3-.01">Rule 506-3-.01 Opinions of the Commission Interpreting the Code of Ethics</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/506-3-.02" name="506-3-.02" title="506-3-.02">Rule 506-3-.02 Investigations and Recommendations as to Disciplinary Actions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/506-3-.03" name="506-3-.03" title="506-3-.03">Rule 506-3-.03 Hearings on Behalf of Local Boards</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/506-3-.04" name="506-3-.04" title="506-3-.04">Rule 506-3-.04 Consultative Services</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/506-3-.05" name="506-3-.05" title="506-3-.05">Rule 506-3-.05 Public Information</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/506-3-.06" name="506-3-.06" title="506-3-.06">Rule 506-3-.06 Petition for a Rule</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/506-3-.07" name="506-3-.07" title="506-3-.07">Rule 506-3-.07 Petition for a Declaratory Ruling</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/506-3-.08" name="506-3-.08" title="506-3-.08">Rule 506-3-.08 Forms and Instructions</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>