(1)The hearing before the Commission shall be “de novo” but shall include the record submitted by the Executive Director.
(2)Conduct of hearing:
(a)The hearing shall be conducted in the following order:
(A)The Executive Director shall briefly summarize the decision on appeal and any recommendation if different from the decision on appeal;
(B)The appellant shall present its evidence including that of any witnesses;
(C)Any person supporting the appellant shall present his or her testimony and evidence in support of the appellant;
(D)Any person opposing the appellant shall present his or her testimony and evidence opposing the appellant;
(E)Any person who wishes to offer evidence or testify but neither supports nor opposes the appellant shall present his or her testimony.
(F)The Executive Director may respond to the testimony and evidence presented raised by the testimony and evidence presented by the written and oral testimony, including exhibits.
(G)The appellant shall be allowed to present rebuttal evidence limited to the specific issues raised by the testimony and evidence presented by the written and oral testimony, including exhibits, and the Executive Director;
(H)The applicant, if different than the appellant and if an intervenor, shall be allowed to present rebuttal evidence limited to the specific issues raised by the testimony and evidence presented by the written and oral testimony, including exhibits, and the Executive Director.
(b)The appellant and members of the Gorge Commission may ask questions orally of the persons testifying. Any other person who desires to ask a question shall submit that question in writing to the Chair of the Commission, who shall ask the question on behalf of the person. The Chair of the Commission may choose not to ask any question that is repetitious, unduly prejudicial, or unrelated to the testimony and issues raised in the appeal. The Chair of the Commission may also limit the number of questions, including from members of the Commission and the appellant to ensure hearings proceed on schedule with the Commission’s agenda.
(c)Any member of the Commission may question any person testifying, including witnesses;
(d)The burden of presenting evidence in support of a fact or proposition rests on the proponent of the fact or proposition;
(e)The Commission may continue a hearing, may leave open the record for submission of additional evidence necessary to address issues raised at the hearing, and may set time limits for any hearing, including time limits for oral presentations;
(f)Exhibits shall be marked to identify the person offering the exhibits. The Appellant shall mark his or her exhibits as “Appellant’s Exhibit (n).” All other participants shall mark their exhibits as “(PARTICIPANT’S NAME’s) Exhibit (n).” The exhibits shall be preserved by the Commission as part of the record.
(a)Evidence of a type commonly relied upon by a reasonably prudent person in conduct of their serious affairs shall be admissible.
(b)Irrelevant, immaterial or unduly repetitious evidence shall be excluded.
(c)All evidence not objected to, shall be received by the Commission, subject to the Commission’s power to exclude irrelevant, immaterial or unduly repetitious matter.
(d)Evidence objected to may be received by the Commission. The Chair of the Commission shall rule on all offers of evidence, including objections to testimony. Rulings on the admissibility of such evidence, if not made at the hearing, shall be made at or before the time a final order is issued.
Rule 350-070-0140 — Hearing,