BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF LIVESTOCK
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
In the matter of the amendment of ARM 32.8.101 and 32.8.202 pertaining to grade A pasteurized milk and time from processing that fluid milk may be sold for public consumption
AMENDED NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND EXTENSION OF COMMENT PERIOD
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On March 10, 2011, the Department of Livestock published MAR Notice No. 32-11-216 pertaining to the proposed amendment of the above-stated rules at page 289 of the 2011 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 5.
2. The Department of Livestock will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact Department of Livestock no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2011, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Steve Merritt, Public Information Officer, Department of Livestock, 301 N. Roberts St., Room 235, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, MT 59620-2001; telephone: (406) 444-9431; TTD number: 1 (800) 253-4091; fax: (406) 444-2877; e-mail: email@example.com
3. This amended notice is necessary because the formal evidentiary hearing process has not been completed. The original Notice No. 32-11-216 stated the department would use a combined two-part hearing under the requirements of 2-4-302 and 315, MCA, and the notice announced the dates and times of the hearings. The first part of the combined hearing allowed for submission of evidence by designated parties in a formal setting, presided over by a hearings examiner, and governed by rules of evidence. The second part of the combined hearing, presided over by the board, presented an opportunity for members of the public to appear and present testimony regarding the proposed amendments as found in the petition submitted by Core-Mark. The second part has been completed. The first part has not been completed. After the first part has been completed, which includes the presentation of written finding of fact and conclusions of law, and legal briefing by the designated parties, the hearing examiner will be presenting to the board, a proposed decision based on the testimony and evidence received at that first part of the hearing. As noted in the original published notice on March 10, 2011, MAR Notice No. 32-11-216 at page 289 of the 2011 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 5, the Board of Livestock will consider equally all testimony and comment received in both parts of the hearing, and the official record will contain all testimony and comment received in both parts of the hearing.
4. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing. Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to: Steve Merritt, Public Information Officer, Department of Livestock, 301 N. Roberts St., Room 235, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, MT 59620-2001; telephone: (406) 444-9431; TTD number: 1 (800) 253-4091; fax: (406) 444-2877; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., September 15, 2011.
5. If persons who are directly affected by the proposed action wish to express their data, views, and arguments orally or in writing at a public hearing, they must make a written request for a hearing and submit this request along with any written comments they have to the same address as above. The written request for hearing must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. September 15, 2011.
6. If the department receives requests for a public hearing on the proposed action from either 10 percent or 25, whichever is less, of the persons who are directly affected by the proposed action; from the appropriate administrative rule review committee of the Legislature; from a governmental subdivision or agency; or from an association having not less than 25 members who will be directly affected, a public hearing will be held at a later date. Notice of the public hearing will be published in the Montana Administrative Register. Ten percent of those persons directly affected have been determined to be more than 25, based upon the population of the state.
7. The department maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request. Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 4 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.
8. An electronic copy of this Proposal Notice is available through the Secretary of State's web site at http://sos.mt.gov/ARM/Register. The Secretary of State strives to make the electronic copy of the notice conform to the official version of the notice, as printed in the Montana Administrative Register, but advises all concerned persons that in the event of a discrepancy between the official printed text of the notice and the electronic version of the notice, only the official printed text will be considered. In addition, although the Secretary of State works to keep its web site accessible at all times, concerned persons should be aware that the web site may be unavailable during some periods, due to system maintenance or technical problems.
9. The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.
/s/ George H. Harris /s/ Christian Mackay
George H. Harris Christian Mackay
Rule Reviewer Executive Officer
Department of Livestock
Certified to the Secretary of State August 1, 2011.