Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 8:47pm
Gov. signs bill holding state agencies to hearing time frames
Governor Markell Thursday signed a bill designed to prevent state agencies from ending public hearings too early.
Senate Bill 178, sponsored by Georgetown Republican Joe Booth, holds agencies to the time frames they set up for hearings, even if no one shows up at the beginning.
Booth says in the past, agency officials have cut short sparsely-attended hearings, so someone who showed up at 8:30 for a hearing scheduled for 7 to 9 PM could be too late.
The new law also requires a 15-day window for written comments on proposed regulations after the conclusion of public hearings on those regulations.
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