Vendor and licensing appeals, 2.17, 5.2, 5.3, 5.6, 5.7, 5.12, 5.25 to 5.27, 5.29
LOTTERY AUTHORITY, IOWA
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to appeals and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Board of Directors of the Iowa Lottery Authority hereby proposes to amend Chapter 2, "Purchasing," and Chapter 5, "Contested Cases," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 99G.9(3).
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 99G.
Purpose and Summary
These proposed amendments update the Lottery's processes on the receipt and review of administrative appeals. These amendments provide structure for vendor appeals and remove from licensing appeals the concept of the Lottery "hearing board" appointed by various Lottery officials. Rather, for both types of appeals, the Lottery's chief executive officer will elect either to preside over the hearing or to appoint an administrative law judge from the Administrative Hearings Division of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to serve as presiding officer and issue a proposed ruling. All appeals from proposed decisions are submitted to the Lottery's chief executive officer, who issues the final decision on behalf of the agency.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Authority for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any.
Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Authority no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 20, 2019. Comments should be directed to:
Vice President/General Counsel
Iowa Lottery Authority
13001 University Avenue
Clive, Iowa 50325-8225
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making actions are proposed:
Item 1. Rescind rule 531—2.17(99G) and adopt the following new rule in lieu thereof:
531—2.17(99G) Vendor appeals.
2.17(1) Filing vendor appeal. Any vendor whose bid or proposal has been timely filed and who is aggrieved by the award of the lottery may file a written notice of appeal of the procurement decision with the Iowa Lottery, 13001 University Avenue, Clive, Iowa 50325-8225,within five business days of the date of the award. The notice of appeal must actually be received at this address within the time frame specified to be considered timely. The notice of appeal shall state the grounds upon which the vendor challenges the lottery's award.
2.17(2) Presiding officer. Upon receipt of a notice of a vendor appeal, the chief executive officer shall hear and render a ruling on the vendor appeal. At the election of the chief executive officer, the vendor appeal may be heard by an administrative law judge within the administrative hearings division of the department of inspections and appeals, who would then issue a proposed ruling that the chief executive officer may hear on appeal.
2.17(3) Hearing. Where feasible, vendor appeals shall be conducted in accordance with 531—Chapter 5. In the case of conflict, the rules and procedures set forth in Chapter 2 control for vendor appeals submitted to the lottery. The presiding officer shall send a written notice of the date, time and location of the appeal hearing to the aggrieved vendor or vendors. The presiding officer shall hold a hearing on the vendor appeal within 60 days of the date the notice of appeal was received by the lottery, except that the administrative law judge has the ability to extend this duration where the administrative law judge determines good cause necessitates an extension.
2.17(4) Discovery. The parties shall serve any discovery requests upon the other parties at least 30 days prior to the date set for hearing. The parties must serve responses to discovery at least 20 days prior to the date set for the hearing.
2.17(5) Witnesses and exhibits. The parties shall contact each other regarding witnesses and exhibits at least ten days prior to the time set for the hearing. The parties must meet prior to the hearing regarding the evidence to be presented in order to avoid duplication or the submission of extraneous materials.
2.17(6) Contents of decision. The administrative law judge shall issue and serve upon all parties a written proposed decision that includes findings of fact and conclusions of law stated separately. The decision shall be based on the record of the appeal and shall conform with the requirements of Iowa Code chapters 17A and 99G.
2.17(7) Status of ruling. If the chief executive officer presides over the entry of evidence in the vendor appeal, the decision is the final decision of the lottery pursuant to Iowa Code section 17A.15(1) and may be further appealed in accordance with Iowa Code section 17A.19. The ruling of any other presiding officer constitutes a proposed ruling which may be appealed to the lottery's chief executive officer. The written decision of the chief executive officer on a vendor appeal constitutes a final decision of the lottery, which may be further appealed in accordance with Iowa Code section 17A.19.
2.17(8) Stay of agency action for vendor appeal.
a. Any party appealing the issuance of a notice of intent to award a contract may petition the presiding officer for a stay of the award pending its review. The petition for stay shall be filed with the notice of appeal and shall state the reasons justifying a stay. Any decision issued by a presiding officer regarding a stay may be appealed to the chief executive officer.
b. Any party adversely affected by a final decision and order may petition the chief executive officer for a stay of the agency decision and order pending judicial review. The petition for stay shall be filed with the chief executive officer within ten days of receipt of the final decision and order and shall state the reasons justifying a stay.
c. The presiding officer or chief executive officer may grant a stay upon a conclusion that the movant has satisfied the standards for the grant of a stay included in rule 531—5.29(17A) and Iowa Code section 17A.19(5).
This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code sections 99G.9, 99G.21, 99G.23, and 99G.37.
Item 2. Amend rule 531—5.2(17A) as follows:
531—5.2(17A) Definitions. Except where otherwise specifically defined by law:
"Hearing board" means the board designated to resolve license disputes pursuant to Iowa Code Supplement section 99G.27(3) and these rules.
"Issuance" means the date of mailing or otherwise electronically providing a copy of a decision or order or date of delivery if service is by other means unless another date is specified in the order.
"Party" means each person or agency named or admitted as a party or properly seeking and entitled as of right to be admitted as a party.
"Presiding officer" means the chief executive officer of the lottery, or the administrative law judge within the administrative hearings division of the department of inspections and appeals who is appointed by the chief executive officer of the lottery to issue a proposed ruling.
"Proposed decision" means the presiding officer's recommended findings of fact, conclusions of law, decision, and order in a contested case in which the hearing board chief executive officer of the lottery did not preside.
Item 3. Rescind and reserve rule 531—5.3(17A).
Item 4. Amend rule 531—5.6(17A) as follows:
531—5.6(17A) Notice of hearing.
5.6(1) Delivery. Delivery of the notice of hearing constitutes the commencement of the contested case proceeding. Delivery may be executed by:
a. Personal or electronic service as provided permitted in the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure; or
b. Certified mail, return receipt requested; or
c. First-class mail; or
d. Publication, as provided in the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure.
5.6(2) Contents. The notice of hearing shall contain the following information:
a. A statement of the time, place, and nature of the hearing;
b. A statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held;
c. A reference to the particular sections of the statutes and rules involved;
d. A short and plain statement of the matters asserted. If the lottery or other party is unable to state the matters in detail at the time the notice is served, the initial notice may be limited to a statement of the issues involved. Thereafter, upon application, a more definite and detailed statement shall be furnished;
e. Identification of all parties including the name, address and telephone number of the person who will act as advocate for the lottery or the state and of parties' counsel where known;
f. Reference to the procedural rules governing conduct of the contested case proceeding; and
g. Reference to the procedural rules governing informal settlement;
h. g.Identification of the presiding officer, if known. If not known, a description of who will serve as presiding officer (e.g., the hearing board, the chief executive officer of the lottery, members of the lottery authority board, administrative law judge from the department of inspections and appeals); and.
Item 5. Rescind paragraph 5.7(2)"h."
Item 6. Amend subrule 5.7(5) as follows:
5.7(5) Unless otherwise provided by law, the chief executive officer or a designee, and members of the lottery authority board, when reviewing a proposed decision upon appeal to the lottery, shall have the powers of and shall comply with the provisions of this chapter which apply to presiding officers.
Item 7. Amend subrule 5.12(2) as follows:
5.12(2) Service—how made. Service upon a party represented by an attorney shall be made upon the attorney unless otherwise ordered. Service is made by delivery or by mailing a copy to the person's last-known address or by electronic service as permitted by the presiding officer and the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure. Service by paper or electronic mail is complete upon mailing, except where otherwise specifically provided by statute, rule or order.
Item 8. Amend subrule 5.12(3) as follows:
5.12(3) Filing—when required. After the notice of hearing, all pleadings, motions, documents or other papers in a contested case proceeding shall be filed with the Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery Authority, 13001 University Avenue, Clive, Iowa 50325-8225 presiding officer. All pleadings, motions, documents or other papers that are required to be served upon a party shall be filed simultaneously in the office of the chief executive officer with the presiding officer.
Item 9. Amend subrule 5.12(4) as follows:
5.12(4) Filing—when made. Except where otherwise provided by law, a document is deemed filed at the time it is delivered to the chief executive officer's office presiding officer, delivered to an established courier service for immediate delivery to that office the presiding officer, delivered via electronic mail or fax, or mailed by first-class mail or state interoffice mail to that office the presiding officer, so long as there is proof of mailing.
Item 10. Amend rule 531—5.25(17A) as follows:
531—5.25(17A) Interlocutory appeals. Upon written request of a party or on its own motion sua sponte, the hearing board chief executive officer may review an interlocutory order of the presiding officer. In determining whether to do so, the hearing board chief executive officer shall weigh the extent to which its the chief executive officer's granting of the interlocutory appeal would expedite final resolution of the case and the extent to which review of that interlocutory order by the agency at the time it reviews the proposed decision of the presiding officer would provide an adequate remedy. Any request for interlocutory review must be filed within 14 days of issuance of the challenged order, but no later than the time for compliance with the order or the date of hearing, whichever is first.
Item 11. Amend rule 531—5.26(17A) as follows:
531—5.26(17A) Final decision.
5.26(1) When the hearing board chief executive officer presides over the reception of evidence at the hearing, its the chief executive officer's decision is a final decision.
5.26(2) When the hearing board chief executive officer does not preside at the reception of evidence, the presiding officer shall make a proposed decision. The proposed decision becomes the final decision of the agency without further proceedings unless there is an appeal to, or review on motion of, the hearing board chief executive officer within the time provided in rule 531—5.27(17A).
Item 12. Amend rule 531—5.27(17A) as follows:
531—5.27(17A) Appeals and review.
5.27(1) Appeal by party. Any adversely affected party may appeal a proposed decision to the hearing board chief executive officer of the lottery within 30 days after issuance of the proposed decision.
5.27(2) Review. The hearing board chief executive officer may initiate review of a proposed decision on its the chief executive officer's own motion at any time within 30 days following the issuance of such a decision.
5.27(3) Notice of appeal. An appeal of a proposed decision is initiated by filing a timely notice of appeal with the Iowa lottery. The notice of appeal must be signed by the appealing party or a representative of that party and contain a certificate of service. The notice shall specify:
a. The parties initiating the appeal;
b. The proposed decision or order appealed from;
c. The specific findings or conclusions to which exception is taken and any other exceptions to the decision or order;
d. The relief sought;
e. The grounds for relief.
5.27(4) Requests to present additional evidence. A party may request the taking of additional evidence only by establishing that the evidence is material, that good cause existed for the failure to present the evidence at the hearing, and that the party has not waived the right to present the evidence. A written request to present additional evidence must be filed with the notice of appeal or, by a non-appealing party, within 14 days of service of the notice of appeal. The hearing board chief executive officer may remand a case to the presiding officer for further hearing or may itself personally preside at the taking of additional evidence.
5.27(5) Scheduling. The presiding officer chief executive officer shall issue a schedule for consideration of the appeal.
5.27(6) Briefs and arguments. Unless otherwise ordered, within 20 days of the notice of appeal or order for review, each appealing party may file exceptions and briefs. Within 20 days thereafter any party may file a responsive brief. Briefs shall cite any applicable legal authority and specify relevant portions of the record in that proceeding. Written requests to present oral argument shall be filed with the briefs.
The hearing board chief executive officer may resolve the appeal on the briefs or provide an opportunity for oral argument. The hearing board chief executive officer may shorten or extend the briefing period as appropriate.
Item 13. Amend rule 531—5.29(17A) as follows:
531—5.29(17A) Stays of agency actions.
5.29(1) When available.
a. Any party to a contested case proceeding may petition the lottery for a stay of an order issued in that proceeding or for other temporary remedies, pending review by the agency. The petition shall be filed with the notice of appeal and shall state the reasons justifying a stay or other temporary remedy. The hearing board chief executive officer of the lottery may rule on the stay or authorize the presiding officer to do so.
b. Any party to a contested case proceeding may petition the lottery for a stay or other temporary remedies pending judicial review of all or part of that proceeding. The petition shall state the reasons justifying a stay or other temporary remedy.
5.29(2) When granted. In determining whether to grant a stay, the chief executive officer or presiding officer or hearing board shall consider the factors listed in Iowa Code section 17A.19(5).
5.29(3) Vacation. A stay may be vacated by the issuing authority upon application of the lottery or any other party.