(a)  Upon receipt of a petition, the Secretary of Commerce, or designee shall review the petition to determine whether the public interest would be served by granting the request.

(b)  Within 30 days of receiving the petition, the Secretary or designee shall make a decision on the petition and inform the petitioner by mailing:

(1)           a written denial of the petition and the reason for the denial; or

(2)           written notice to the petitioner that the Secretary or designee will initiate a rule-making proceeding as required by G.S. 150B-20(c).

(c)  Each determination granting or denying a petition shall include a statement that the Secretary or designee's decision is a final agency decision subject to judicial review.

(d)  Each determination shall include instructions for filing a request for judicial review in the superior court pursuant to G.S. 150B-45 within 30 days after receiving the determination.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 96-4; 150B-20; 150B-45;

Eff. July 1, 2015.