(a)  The RRC Chair in open session may set time limits on oral presentations before the Commission.

(b)  Unless the Chair sets other time limits for oral presentations, the time allowed for presentations shall not exceed ten minutes for each requesting person or agency.  The Chair may require that oral presentations be limited to representative spokespersons for those advocating or those opposing rule approval by the RRC.

(c)  Factors that the Chair may use in determining time limits include the length of the agenda and time remaining in the meeting; the number of contested rules; the complexity of the issues; the public interest in a particular rule or report; the number of people desiring to address the RRC concerning the rule or report; the variations in their arguments (i.e., whether they are adding additional information to the debate or merely being repetitive of earlier speakers or earlier points raised by the same speaker) and the level of agreement within their positions or relationships; the nature of the comments in relation to the RRC scope of review; and the amount of notice given to the agency.

(d)  The agency adopting the rule shall be allowed an opportunity to address the Commission when a person addresses the Commission in opposition to a rule, unless the agency fails to appear after notice of written comments opposing approval of the rule.  When a comment in opposition to a rule first occurs by an oral comment at the Commission meeting, the agency shall be allowed an opportunity to address the Commission at the next meeting of the Commission or Commission's designee where the rule is under review.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B-30.1;

Eff. August 1, 2008;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2014.