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28-106.101 FAC | SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter shall apply in all proceedings in which the substantial interests of a party are determined by the agency and shall be construed to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every proceeding. This chapter applies to all proceedings under Chapter 120 except as follows:
(1) Where the agency has adopted rules covering the subject matter pursuant to Section 120.54(5)(a)2., F.S.;
(2) Agency investigations or determinations of probable cause preliminary to agency action; and
(3) Mediation conducted pursuant to Section 120.573, F.S. The notice provisions in Rule 28-106.111 and Part IV, F.A.C., of this subchapter apply to such mediation.

Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5)(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.102 FAC | PRESIDING OFFICER

“Presiding officer” means an agency head, or member thereof, who conducts a hearing or proceeding on behalf of the agency, an administrative law judge assigned by the Division of Administrative Hearings, or any other person authorized by law to conduct administrative hearings or proceedings who is qualified to resolve the legal issues and procedural questions which may arise.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.103 FAC | COMPUTATION OF TIME

In computing any period of time allowed by this chapter, by order of a presiding officer, or by any applicable statute, the day of the act from which the period of time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the period shall be included unless it is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, in which event the period shall run until the end of the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. When the period of time allowed is less than 7 days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays shall be excluded in the computation. As used in these rules, legal holiday means those days designated in Section 110.117, F.S. Except as provided in Rule 28-106.217, F.A.C., five days shall be added to the time limits when service has been made by regular U.S. mail. One business day shall be added when service is made by overnight courier. No additional time shall be added if service is made by hand, facsimile transmission, or electronic mail or when the period of time begins pursuant to a type of notice described in Rule 28-106.111, F.A.C.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07.

28-106.104 FAC | FILING

(1) In construing these rules or any order of a presiding officer, filing shall mean received by the office of the agency clerk during normal business hours or by the presiding officer during the course of a hearing.
(2) All pleadings filed with the agency shall contain the following:
(a) The style of the proceeding involved;
(b) The docket, case or file number, if any;
(c) The name of the party on whose behalf the pleading is filed;
(d) The name, address, any e-mail address, and telephone number of the person filing the pleading;
(e) The signature of the person filing the pleading; and
(f) A certificate of service that copies have been furnished to all other parties as required by subsection (4) of this rule.

(3) Any document received by the office of the agency clerk before 5:00 p.m. shall be filed as of that day but any document received after 5:00 p.m. shall be filed as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day.
(4) Whenever a party files a pleading or other document with the agency, that party shall serve copies of the pleading or other document upon all other parties to the proceeding. A certificate of service shall accompany each pleading or other document filed with the agency.
(5) All parties, if they are not represented, or their attorneys or qualified representatives shall promptly notify all other parties and the presiding officer of any changes to their contact information by filing a notice of the change.
(6) All papers filed shall be titled to indicate clearly the subject matter of the paper and the party requesting relief.
(7) All original pleadings shall be on white paper measuring 8 1/2 by 11 inches, with margins of no less than one inch. Originals shall be printed or typewritten.
(8) A document shall be filed by only one method (e-filing, facsimile, courier, hand-delivery, or U.S. mail) and shall not be filed multiple times. A duplicate filing will not be docketed and will be destroyed.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07, 2-5-13.

28-106.105 FAC | APPEARANCE

(1) Counsel or qualified representatives who file a request for a hearing involving disputed issues of material fact with the agency have entered an appearance in the proceeding and shall be deemed counsel or qualified representative of record. All others who seek to appear shall file a notice of appearance as soon as possible.
(2) Service on counsel of record or on a qualified representative shall be the equivalent of service on the party represented.
(3) On written motion served on the party represented and all other parties of record, the presiding officer shall grant counsel of record and qualified representatives leave to withdraw for good cause shown. The motion shall contain the address, any e-mail address, and telephone number of the party represented.
(4) A qualified representative who has filed an initial pleading or notice of appearance for a party shall be deemed the qualified representative of record until the presiding officer makes the determination required by Rule 28-106.106, F.A.C.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 2-5-13.

28-106.106 FAC | WHO MAY APPEAR; CRITERIA FOR QUALIFIED REPRESENTATIVES

(1) Any party who appears in any agency proceeding has the right, at his or her own expense, to be represented by counsel or by a qualified representative. Counsel means a member of The Florida Bar or a law student certified pursuant to Chapter 11 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. An attorney disbarred in any state shall not be authorized to serve as a qualified representative.
(2)
(a) A party seeking representation by a qualified representative shall file a written request with the presiding officer as soon as practicable, but no later than any pleading filed by the person seeking to appear on behalf of the party. The request shall identify the name, address, e-mail adress, and telephone number of the representative and shall state that the party is aware of the services which the representative can provide, and is aware that the party can be represented by counsel at the party’s own expense and has chosen otherwise.
(b) The presiding officer shall consider whether the representative is qualified to appear in the administrative proceeding and capable of representing the rights and interests of the party. The presiding officer may consider a representative’s sworn affidavit setting forth the representative’s qualifications.
(c) The presiding officer shall determine the qualifications of the representative within a reasonable time after the request required by paragraph (a) is filed.

(3) The presiding officer shall authorize the representative to appear if the presiding officer is satisfied that the representative has the necessary qualifications to responsibly represent the party’s interests in a manner which will not impair the fairness of the proceeding or the correctness of the action to be taken.
(4) The presiding officer shall make a determination of the qualifications of the representative in light of the nature of the proceedings and the applicable law. The presiding officer shall consider:
(a) The representative’s knowledge of jurisdiction;
(b) The representative’s knowledge of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure relating to discovery in an administrative proceeding;
(c) The representative’s knowledge regarding the rules of evidence, including the concept of hearsay in an administrative proceeding;
(d) The representative’s knowledge regarding the factual and legal issues involved in the proceedings; and
(e) The representative’s knowledge of and compliance with the Standards of Conduct for Qualified Representatives, Rule 28-106.107, F.A.C.

(5) If the presiding officer determines a representative is not qualified, the reasons for the decision shall be in writing and included in the record.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07, 2-5-13.

28-106.107 FAC | STANDARDS OF CONDUCT FOR QUALIFIED REPRESENTATIVES

The following standards of conduct are mandatory for all qualified representatives. (1) A representative shall exercise due diligence to insure that any motion or pleading is filed and argued in good faith.
(2) A representative shall advise the client to obey the law.
(3) A representative shall not:
(a) Engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
(b) Engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice;
(c) Handle a matter which the representative knows or should know that he or she is not competent to handle;
(d) Handle a legal or factual matter without adequate preparation;
(e) Communicate, or cause another to communicate, as to the merits of the proceeding with the presiding officer except on the record or in writing with a copy promptly delivered to the opposing party; or
(f) Communicate with an adverse party regarding matters at issue in the administrative proceeding where the representative knows that the adverse party is represented by an attorney or other qualified representative.

(4) Failure to comply with these provisions shall authorize the presiding officer to disqualify the representative appearing in the administrative proceeding.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.108 FAC | CONSOLIDATION

If there are separate matters which involve similar issues of law or fact, or identical parties, the matters may be consolidated if it appears that consolidation would promote the just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of the proceedings, and would not unduly prejudice the rights of a party.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.109 FAC | NOTICE TO INTERESTED PARTIES

If it appears that the determination of the rights of parties in a proceeding will necessarily involve a determination of the substantial interests of persons who are not parties, the presiding officer may enter an order requiring that the absent person be notified of the proceeding and be given an opportunity to be joined as a party of record.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.110 FAC | SERVICE OF PAPERS

Unless the presiding officer otherwise orders, every pleading and every other paper filed in a proceeding, except applications for witness subpoenas, shall be served on each party or the party’s representative at the last address of record.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5)(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.111 FAC | POINT OF ENTRY INTO PROCEEDINGS AND MEDIATION

(1) The notice of agency decision shall contain the information required by Section 120.569(1), F.S. The notice shall also advise whether mediation under Section 120.573, F.S., is available, and if available, that pursuit of mediation will not adversely affect the right to administrative proceedings in the event mediation does not result in a settlement.
(2) Unless otherwise provided by law, persons seeking a hearing on an agency decision which does or may determine their substantial interests shall file a petition for hearing with the agency within 21 days of receipt of written notice of the decision.
(3) An agency may, for good cause shown, grant a request for an extension of time for filing an initial pleading. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the agency prior to the applicable deadline. Such requests for extensions of time shall contain a certificate that the moving party has consulted with all other parties, if any, concerning the extension and that the agency and any other parties agree to or oppose the extension. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the request is acted upon.
(4) Any person who receives written notice of an agency decision and who fails to file a written request for a hearing within 21 days waives the right to request a hearing on such matters. This provision does not eliminate the availability of equitable tolling as a defense.
(5) The agency may publish, and any person who has timely requested mediation may, at the person’s own expense, cause the agency to publish, a notice of the existence of the mediation proceeding in the Florida Administrative Register or in a newspaper of general circulation in the affected area. The mediation notice can be included in the notice of intended agency action.
(a) The notice of the mediation proceeding shall include:
1. A statement that the mediation could result in a settlement adopted by final agency action;
2. A statement that the final action arising from mediation may be different from the intended action set forth in the notice which resulted in a timely request for mediation;
3. A statement that any person whose substantial interests may be affected by the outcome of the mediation shall within 21 days of the notice of mediation proceeding file a request with the agency to participate in the mediation; and
4. An explanation of the procedures for filing such a request.

(b) The notice shall also advise that in the absence of a timely request to participate in the mediation, any person whose substantial interests are or may be affected by the result of the mediation waives any right to participate in the mediation.

Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 3-18-98, 1-15-07.




28-106.201 FAC | INITIATION OF PROCEEDINGS

(1) Unless otherwise provided by statute, and except for agency enforcement and disciplinary actions that shall be initiated under Rule 28-106.2015, F.A.C., initiation of proceedings shall be made by written petition to the agency responsible for rendering final agency action. The term “petition” includes any document that requests an evidentiary proceeding and asserts the existence of a disputed issue of material fact. Each petition shall be legible and on 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper. Unless printed, the impression shall be on one side of the paper only and lines shall be double-spaced.
(2) All petitions filed under these rules shall contain:
(a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency’s file or identification number, if known;
(b) The name, address, any e-mail address, any facsimile number, and telephone number of the petitioner, if the petitioner is not represented by an attorney or a qualified representative; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination;
(c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate;
(e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agency’s proposed action;
(f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the agency’s proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the specific rules or statutes; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agency’s proposed action.

(3) Upon receipt of a petition involving disputed issues of material fact, the agency shall grant or deny the petition, and if granted shall, unless otherwise provided by law, refer the matter to the Division of Administrative Hearings with a request that an administrative law judge be assigned to conduct the hearing. The request shall be accompanied by a copy of the petition and a copy of the notice of agency action.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(3), (5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(3) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 9-17-98, 1-15-07, 2-5-13.

28-106.2015 FAC | AGENCY ENFORCEMENT AND DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

(1) Prior to entry of a final order to suspend, revoke, or withdraw a license, to impose administrative fines, or to take other enforcement or disciplinary action against a licensee or person or entity subject to the agency’s jurisdiction, the agency shall serve upon the licensee an administrative complaint. For purposes of this rule, an agency pleading or communication that seeks to exercise an agency’s enforcement authority and to take any kind of disciplinary action against a licensee or other person shall be deemed an administrative complaint.
(2) An agency issuing an administrative complaint shall be the petitioner, and the licensee against whom the agency seeks to take disciplinary action shall be the respondent.
(3) The agency’s administrative complaint shall be considered the petition, and service of the administrative complaint on the respondent shall be deemed the initiation of proceedings.
(4) The agency’s administrative complaint shall contain:
(a) The name of the agency, the respondent or respondents against whom disciplinary action is sought and a file number.
(b) The statutory section(s), rule(s) of the Florida Administrative Code, or the agency order alleged to have been violated.
(c) The facts or conduct relied on to establish the violation.
(d) A statement that the respondent has the right to request a hearing to be conducted in accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., and to be represented by counsel or other qualified representative.

(5) Requests for hearing filed by the respondent in accordance with this rule shall include:
(a) The name, address, any e-mail address, telephone number, and facsimile number, if any, of the respondent, if the respondent is not represented by an attorney or qualified representative.
(b) The name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and facsimile number of the attorney or qualified representative of the respondent, if any, upon whom service of pleadings and other papers shall be made.
(c) A statement requesting an administrative hearing identifying those material facts that are in dispute. If there are none, the petition must so indicate.
(d) A statement of when the respondent received notice of the administrative complaint.
(e) A statement including the file number to the administrative complaint.

Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 1-15-07, Amended 2-5-13.

28-106.202 FAC | AMENDMENT OF PETITIONS OR REQUESTS FOR HEARING

A petition or request for hearing may be amended prior to the designation of the presiding officer by filing and serving an amended petition or amended request for hearing in the manner prescribed for filing and serving an original petition or request for hearing. Thereafter the petitioner may amend the petition or request for hearing only upon order of the presiding officer.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07.

28-106.203 FAC | ANSWER

A respondent may file an answer to the petition.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.204 FAC | MOTIONS

(1) All requests for relief shall be by motion. All motions shall be in writing unless made on the record during a hearing, and shall fully state the action requested and the grounds relied upon. The original written motion shall be filed with the presiding officer. When time allows, the other parties may, within 7 days of service of a written motion, file a response in opposition. No reply to the response shall be permitted unless leave is sought from and given by the presiding officer. Written motions will normally be disposed of after the response period has expired, based on the motion, together with any supporting or opposing memoranda. The presiding officer shall conduct such proceedings and enter such orders as are deemed necessary to dispose of issues raised by the motion.
(2) Unless otherwise provided by law, motions to dismiss the petition or request for hearing shall be filed no later than 20 days after assignment of the presiding officer, unless the motion is based upon a lack of jurisdiction or incurable errors in the petition.
(3) All motions, other than a motion to dismiss, shall include a statement that the movant has conferred with all other parties of record and shall state as to each party whether the party has any objection to the motion. Any statement that the movant was unable to contact the other party or parties before filing the motion must provide information regarding the date(s) and method(s) by which contact was attempted.
(4) Motions for extension of time shall be filed prior to the expiration of the deadline sought to be extended and shall state good cause for the request.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5)(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07, 2-5-13.

28-106.205 FAC | INTERVENTION

(1) Persons other than the original parties to a pending proceeding whose substantial interest will be affected by the proceeding and who desire to become parties may move the presiding officer for leave to intervene. Except for good cause shown, motions for leave to intervene must be filed at least 20 days before the final hearing unless otherwise provided by law. The parties may, within 7 days of service of the motion, file a response in opposition. The presiding officer may impose terms and conditions on the intervenor to limit prejudice to other parties.
(2) The motion to intervene shall contain the following information:
(a) The name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and any facsimile number of the intervener, if the intervener is not represented by an attorney or qualified representative; and
(b) The name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and any facsimile number of the intervenor’s attorney or qualified representative; and
(c) Allegations sufficient to demonstrate that the intervenor is entitled to participate in the proceeding as a matter of constitutional or statutory right or pursuant to agency rule, or that the substantial interests of the intervenor are subject to determination or will be affected by the proceeding; and
(d) A statement as to whether the intervenor supports or opposes the preliminary agency action; and
(e) The statement required by subsection 28-106.204(3); and
(f) The signature of the intervenor or intervenor’s attorney or qualified representative; and
(g) The date.

(3) Specifically-named persons, whose substantial interests are being determined in the proceeding, may become a party by entering an appearance and need not request leave to intervene.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07, 2-5-13.

28-106.206 FAC | DISCOVERY

After commencement of a proceeding, parties may obtain discovery through the means and in the manner provided in Rules 1.280 through 1.400, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. The presiding officer may issue appropriate orders to effectuate the purposes of discovery and to prevent delay, including the imposition of sanctions in accordance with the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, except contempt.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.207 FAC | VENUE

(1) Whenever practicable and permitted by statute or rule, hearings shall be held in the area of residence of the non-governmental parties affected by agency action, or at the place most convenient to all parties as determined by the presiding officer.
(2) Failure to respond timely to any order requiring or allowing the parties to suggest an appropriate locality for final hearing may constitute a waiver of venue.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.208 FAC | NOTICE OF HEARING

The presiding officer shall set the time and place for all hearings and shall serve written notice on all parties at their address of record. No less than 14 days notice shall be given for the hearing on the merits of the petition unless otherwise agreed by the parties or unless otherwise provided by law.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.209 FAC | PRE-HEARING CONFERENCES

At any time after a matter has been filed with the agency, the presiding officer may direct the parties to confer for the purpose of clarifying and simplifying issues, discussing the possibilities of settlement, examining documents and other exhibits, exchanging names and addresses of witnesses, resolving other procedural matters, and entering into a pre-hearing stipulation.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5)(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.210 FAC | CONTINUANCES

The presiding officer may grant a continuance of a hearing for good cause shown. Except in cases of emergency, requests for continuance must be made at least five days prior to the date noticed for the hearing.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.211 FAC | CONDUCT OF PROCEEDINGS

The presiding officer before whom a case is pending may issue any orders necessary to effectuate discovery, to prevent delay, and to promote the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of all aspects of the case, including bifurcating the proceeding.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.212 FAC | SUBPOENAS

(1) Upon the request of any party, a presiding officer shall issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses for deposition or at the hearing. The requesting party shall specify whether the witness is also requested to bring documents.
(2) A subpoena may be served by any person specified by law to serve process or by any person who is not a party and who is 18 years of age or older. Service shall be made by delivering a copy to the person named in the subpoena. Proof of service shall be made by affidavit of the person making service if not served by a person specified by law to serve process.
(3) Any motion to quash or limit the subpoena shall be filed with the presiding officer and shall state the grounds relied upon.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.213 FAC | EVIDENCE

(1) Oral evidence shall be taken only on oath or affirmation.
(2) Each party shall have the right to impeach any witness regardless of which party called the witness to testify.
(3) Hearsay evidence, whether received in evidence over objection or not, may be used to supplement or explain other evidence, but shall not be sufficient in itself to support a finding unless the evidence falls within an exception to the hearsay rule as found in Sections 90.801-.805, F.S.
(4) The rules of privilege apply to the same extent as in civil actions under Florida law.
(5) If requested and if the necessary equipment is reasonably available, testimony may be taken by means of video teleconference or by telephone.
(a) If a party cross-examining the witness desires to have the witness review documents or other items not reasonably available for the witness to review at that time, then the party shall be given a reasonable opportunity to complete the cross-examination at a later time or date for the purpose of making those documents or other items available to the witness.
(b) For any testimony taken by telephone, a notary public must be physically present with the witness to administer the oath. The notary public shall provide a written certification to be filed with the presiding officer confirming the identity of the witness, and confirming the affirmation or oath by the witness. It shall be the responsibility of the party calling the witness to secure the services of a notary public.

(6) When official recognition is requested, the parties shall be notified and given an opportunity to examine and contest the material. Requests for official recognition shall be by motion and shall be considered in accordance with the provisions governing judicial notice in Sections 90.201-.203, F.S.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07, 2-5-13.

28-106.214 FAC | RECORDATION

(1) Responsibility for preserving the testimony at final hearings shall be that of the agency transmitting the petition to the Division of Administrative Hearings pursuant to Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., the agency whose rule is being challenged, or the agency whose action initiated the proceeding. Proceedings shall be recorded by a certified court reporter or by recording instruments.
(2) No later than 10 days prior to the final hearing, the agency shall notify the parties of the method by which the agency will record the testimony at the final hearing. Any party to a hearing may, at its own expense, provide a certified court reporter if the agency does not. The presiding officer may provide a certified court reporter. At hearings reported by a court reporter, any party who wishes a transcript of the testimony shall order the same at its own expense. If a court reporter records the proceedings, the recordation shall become the official transcript.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 3-18-98.

28-106.215 FAC | POST-HEARING SUBMITTALS

All parties may submit proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, orders, and memoranda on the issues within a time designated by the presiding officer. Unless authorized by the presiding officer, proposed orders shall be limited to 40 pages.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5)(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.216 FAC | ENTRY OF RECOMMENDED ORDER

(1) If a hearing is conducted by other than the agency head, or member thereof, the presiding officer shall, within 30 days after the hearing or receipt of the hearing transcript, whichever is later, file a recommended order which shall include a caption, time and place of hearing, appearances entered at the hearing, statement of the issues, findings of fact and conclusions of law, separately stated, and recommendation for final agency action.
(2) By agreeing to a deadline for filing post-hearing submissions that is more than 10 days after the conclusion of the hearing or the filing of the hearing transcript, whichever is later, a party waives the provisions of subsection (1) above.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5)(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-106.217 FAC | EXCEPTIONS AND RESPONSES

(1) Parties may file exceptions to findings of fact and conclusions of law contained in recommended orders with the agency responsible for rendering final agency action within 15 days of entry of the recommended order except in proceedings conducted pursuant to Section 120.57(3), F.S. Exceptions shall identify the disputed portion of the recommended order by page number or paragraph, shall identify the legal basis for the exception, and shall include any appropriate and specific citations to the record.
(2) Exceptions shall be provided to all parties by facsimile or electronic mail, if a facsimile number or e-mail address has been provided number or address provided, the day they are filed with the agency.
(3) Any party may file responses to another party’s exceptions within 10 days from the date the exceptions were filed with the agency.
(4) No additional time shall be added to the time limits for filing exceptions or responses to exceptions when service has been made by mail.
Rulemaking Authority 14.202, 120.54(5) FS. Law Implemented 120.54(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07, 2-5-13.

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