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  1. Any person whose hunting and fishing rights, privileges, or related licenses have been suspended or revoked by the Commission; who has been denied a Commission-issued license, permit, tag or stamp, or application or rights and privileges attached thereto; or who has received notice of intent to suspend, revoke, or deny the same may request an administrative review hearing only by notifying the Commission in writing within 20calendar days after receipt of the notice of suspension, revocation, denial, or notice of intent thereof.
  2. Upon timely receipt of the hearing request, the Commission shall appoint a hearing officer and notify the person requesting the hearing of the date, time, location, and nature of the hearing. Hearing requests received after the deadline for receipt shall be denied unless the person requesting the hearing can show good cause in writing for the untimeliness of the hearing request, in which case the Commission shall appoint a hearing officer and notify the person requesting the hearing of the date, time, location, and nature of a hearing for the limited purpose of determining the person’s eligibility for an administrative review hearing. If the hearing officer determines that the hearing request was timely or was untimely but for good cause, the requested hearing shall be held immediately thereafter.
  3. The Commission shall cause a record to be made of the proceedings.
  4. Hearings shall be conducted in an informal manner and without necessity of adherence to the rules of evidence required in judicial proceedings. Both the Commission and the person requesting the hearing shall have the right to be represented by counsel, to submit evidence in open hearing, compel the attendance of witnesses and to cross-examine any witness at the hearing. Irrelevant, immaterial or unduly repetitious evidence shall be excluded by the hearing officer. Notice may be taken of generally recognized technical or scientific facts within the Commission’s specialized knowledge, and the Commission’s experience, technical competence and specialized knowledge may be utilized in the evaluation of the evidence.
  5. Except as stated otherwise herein, the hearing officer shall suspend hunting and fishing licenses, rights, and privileges as set forth in Code 01.00-L.
    1. The hearing officer may reduce the suspension term by 1/2if, after consideration of the person’s violation record and evidence admitted at the hearing, the hearing officer makes all of the following findings of fact:
      1. The person’s hunting or fishing rights, privileges, or any related licenses have never been suspended or revoked by the Commission or a court of competent jurisdiction; and
      2. The person has accumulated less than 30 violation points in the past five years.
    2. Any reduction granted shall be contingent upon the person successfully completing a hunter education course and a boating education course, both of which are approved by the Commission, and submitting written proof of the same to the Commission no later than 120calendar days after suspension. The suspension reduction shall not become effective unless and until the Commission has received proof of completion of the courses.
    3. The hearing officer is not required to suspend or revoke a person’s fishing rights, privileges, and related licenses if, after consideration of the person’s violation record and evidence admitted at the hearing, the hearing officer finds that none of the violation points forming the basis of the suspension or revocation are related to fishing violations and the person’s hunting or fishing rights, privileges, or related licenses have never been suspended or revoked by the Commission or a court of competent jurisdiction. Likewise, the hearing officer is not required to suspend or revoke a person’s hunting rights, privileges, and related licenses if, after consideration of the person’s violation record and evidence admitted at the hearing, the hearing officer finds that none of the violation points forming the basis of the suspension or revocation are related to hunting violations and the person’s hunting or fishing rights, privileges, or related licenses have never been suspended or revoked by the Commission or a court of competent jurisdiction.
  6. In matters not concerning the suspension or revocation of hunting and fishing rights, privileges, and related licenses, the hearing officer shall affirm, rescind, or modify the suspension or revocation of the license, permit, tag or stamp, or the denial of the application based upon the evidence admitted in the record of the proceedings.
  7. Decisions of the hearing officer shall be final and shall include findings of fact, conclusions of law, and a final decision. The parties shall be served either personally or by mail with a copy of the final decision.
  8. Any aggrieved party may, within 30days after service of the final decision, file a petition for review in the circuit court of Pulaski County or the county in which they reside if they reside in Arkansas.
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