31.02.01.03

.03 Request for a Hearing — In General.

A. Scope. This regulation applies to all requests for a hearing except a request for a hearing on a proposed examination report.

B. A person may request a hearing under Insurance Article, §2-210(a)(2), Annotated Code of Maryland, by submitting a written statement to the Commissioner, signed by the requesting person.

C. Request to be Received Within 30 Days.

(1) The request shall be received by the Commissioner within 30 days of the date of the letter notifying the party of the Commissioner's action, intention to act, or failure to act.

(2) In calculating the 30-day period, the date of the letter notifying the party of the Commissioner's action, intention to act, or failure to act is not included.

(3) The end of a day is considered to be 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

(4) The last day of the 30-day period is included unless it is a Saturday, Sunday, legal holiday, or a day that the Administration is closed for a part of the day.

(5) If the last day of the 30-day period is a Saturday, Sunday, legal holiday, or a day that the Administration is closed for a part of the day, the 30-day period runs until the end of the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, legal holiday, or a day that the Administration is closed for a part of the day.

(6) Intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days that the Administration is closed for a part of the day shall be counted toward the 30-day period.

D. The request shall include the following information:

(1) The action or non-action of the Commissioner causing the person requesting the hearing to be aggrieved;

(2) The facts related to the incident or incidents about which the person requests the Commissioner to act or not to act; and

(3) The ultimate relief requested.

E. Upon receipt of a proper request, the Commissioner shall grant a hearing unless:

(1) In viewing the facts set forth by the person making the request, in the light most favorable to that person, the Commissioner has no authority to take action;

(2) The Commissioner determines that the request is frivolous or made in bad faith;

(3) The request does not contain the information required by these regulations;

(4) The request is untimely; or

(5) At the end of the Commissioner's review, the request is moot.