(a)  The Secretary of Administration or the Secretary's designee will determine whether the public interest will be served by granting the request.  Prior to making this determination, the Secretary or the Secretary's designee may request additional information from the petitioner(s); he may contact interested persons or persons likely to be affected by the proposed rule and request comments; he may use any other appropriate method for obtaining information on which to base his determination.  The Secretary or the Secretary's designee shall consider all of the contents of the petition submitted plus any other information obtained by the means described herein.

(b)  Within 30 days of submission of the petition, a final decision will be rendered by the Secretary of the Department of Administration.  If the decision is to deny the petition, the Secretary will notify the petitioner(s) in writing, stating the reasons therefor.  If the decision is to grant the petition, the Secretary, within 30 days of submission, will initiate a rulemaking proceeding by issuing a rulemaking notice as provided in these Rules and in G.S. 150B‑12 or G.S. 150B‑13.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 150B‑16;

Eff. July 1, 1987;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. February 2, 2016.