I. The commissioner may hold hearings for any purpose within the scope of this title as he may deem advisable.
II. He shall hold a hearing:
(a) if required by any provision of this title,
(b) or upon written application for a hearing by a person aggrieved by any act or impending act, or by any report, rule, regulation, or order of the commissioner (other than an order for the holding of a hearing, or order on a hearing, or pursuant to such order, of which hearing such person had notice).
III. Any such application must be filed with the commissioner within 30 days after such person knew or reasonably should have known of such act, impending act, failure, report, rule, regulation, or order, unless a different period is provided for by other applicable law, and in which case such other law shall govern. The application shall briefly state the respects in which the applicant is so aggrieved, together with the ground to be relied upon for the relief to be demanded at the hearing. The commissioner may require that the application be signed and sworn to by a person competent to be a witness in civil courts.
IV. If the commissioner finds that the application is timely, made in good faith, and that the applicant would be so aggrieved if his grounds are established he shall hold a hearing within 30 days after the filing of the application, or within 30 days after the application has been sworn to, whichever is the later date, unless in either case the hearing is postponed by mutual consent.
V. Failure to hold the hearing upon application therefor of a person entitled thereto as hereinabove provided shall constitute a denial of the relief sought, and shall be the equivalent of a final order of the commissioner on hearing for the purpose of an appeal under RSA 400-A:24.
VI. Pending the hearing and decision thereon, the commissioner may suspend or postpone the effective date of his previous action.
Source. 1971, 244:1, eff. Aug. 17, 1971.