§ 165.231. Hearing rights.
(a) The Commission or an association licensed by the Commission shall have the right and obligation to deny access to or to eject from facilities of a track a patron or licensee whose presence or conduct is deemed detrimental to the best interests of racing or to the orderly conduct of a racing meet.
(b) At the time of or immediately following ejectment of or denial of access to a licensee, the association or Commission agents acting therein shall advise the licensee in writing of his right to demand a hearing by mailed service of the form of notice as shall from time to time be prepared and supplied by the Commission. The form of notice shall be in a form prepared by the Commission and shall be mailed to the most current licensed address of the ejectee by certified return receipt mail.
(c) The notice shall advise the ejectee that he shall have a right to demand a hearing upon the ejection if written demand for the same is served upon the association in question and is received by the executive offices of the Commission no later than 48 hours following receipt by the ejectee of the notice confirming ejection. If an ejectee shall timely file a demand for a hearing, the hearing shall be scheduled within 48 hours of the time of receipt of the demand or as soon thereafter as possible. The hearing shall be at the executive offices of the Commission. Notice of the date and time of the hearing shall be forwarded to the most current licensed address of the ejectee and to the executive office of the association.
(d) The hearing shall be scheduled and conducted before a hearing officer to be designated by the Commission. The hearings shall be held in an informal manner and shall be mechanically recorded by the hearing officer. The hearing officer shall immediately upon conclusion of the hearing prepare a detailed summary of the hearing for review by the Commission. The rules of evidence as described in § 165.183(f) (relating to Commission hearings) shall apply to the hearings.
(e) Persons attending or participating in hearings shall comply with the following:
(1) Persons attending or participating in the hearing shall be obligated to and shall cooperate fully with the hearing officer and shall answer relevant questions and supply relevant information that may be requested. A person shall have the privilege of being represented by counsel of his choice and shall bear the sole responsibility for insuring and seeing to the presence and availability of the same at the time and place scheduled for the hearing. The person shall have the right to examine and cross-examine witnesses and to see written matters that are introduced into the record or used in evidence in the course of a hearing. Matters so used shall become a permanent part of the hearing file.
(2) If the ejectee waives receipt of a completed transcript of the hearing, the Commission will render a final summary report and decision no less than 48 hours following the conclusion of the hearing. If the ejectee, the Commission, or a directly interested party requests a completed transcript prior to decision, a final decision shall then be rendered 48 hours following the receipt of the transcript.
(f) The Commission may eject a patron from the enclosure at any time. The patron, however, shall be permitted a hearing regarding the ejection. However, the scope of the hearing shall be limited to the question of whether the ejection was arbitrary or capricious, in accordance with section 12.1 of the act (15 P. S. § 2662.1(a)) (Repealed).
(g) A complete copy of the ruling shall thereupon be served in the same manner as notice of the hearing.
(h) Other provisions of the provisions of this part pertinent to hearing not inconsistent herewith shall otherwise be applicable.
The provisions of this § 165.231 amended through January 23, 1981, effective January 10, 1981, 11 Pa. B. 420. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (51778) and (51779).
Notes of Decisions
The Commission need not hold a hearing within 48 hours but rather schedule a hearing as soon as possible. Luzzi v. Horse Racing Commission, 548 A.2d 659 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1988).
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