- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 44. State Government
- Chapter 62. Administrative Procedure Act
- Section 500. Decision in a Contested Case.
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AS 44.62.500. Decision in a Contested Case.
- (a) If a contested case is heard before an agency
- (1) the hearing officer who presided at the hearing shall be present during the consideration of the case and, if
requested, shall assist and advise the agency; and
- (2) a member of the agency who has not heard the evidence may not vote on the decision.
- (b) If a contested case is heard by a hearing officer alone, the hearing officer shall prepare a proposed decision in a
form that may be adopted as the decision in the case. A copy of the proposed decision shall be filed by the agency as a
public record with the lieutenant governor, and a copy of the proposed decision shall be served by the agency on each
party in the case and the party's attorney. Except as otherwise provided in AS 44.64.060
(e), for a hearing conducted by the office of administrative hearings, the agency itself may adopt the proposed
decision in its entirety, or may reduce the proposed penalty and adopt the balance of the proposed decision.
- (c) If the proposed decision is not adopted as provided in (b) of this section the agency may decide the case upon the
record, including the transcript, with or without taking additional evidence, or may refer the case to the same or
another hearing officer to take additional evidence. If the case is so assigned the hearing officer shall prepare a
proposed decision as provided in (b) of this section upon the additional evidence and the transcript and other papers
that are part of the record of the earlier hearing. A copy of the proposed decision shall be furnished to each party
and the party's attorney as prescribed by (b) of this section. The agency may not decide a case provided for in this
subsection without giving the parties the opportunity to present either oral or written argument before the agency. If
additional oral evidence is introduced before the agency, an agency member may not vote unless that member has heard
the additional oral evidence. This subsection does not apply to a hearing conducted by the office of administrative
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