2020 Georgia Code
Title 50 - State Government
Chapter 13 - Administrative Procedure
Article 2 - Office of State Administrative Hearings
§ 50-13-44. Administrative Transfer of Individuals to Office of State Administrative Hearings; Approval of Chief State Administrative Law Judge; Funding of Transferred Positions; Transferred Employees Status

Universal Citation: GA Code § 50-13-44 (2020)
  1. Any full-time hearing officer or equivalent position, used exclusively or principally to conduct or preside over hearings for a covered agency immediately prior to July 1, 1994, shall be administratively transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings, if such employee qualifies under Code Section 50-13-40. Any person serving immediately prior to July 1, 1994, as an independent hearing officer or equivalent under contract or written order of appointment shall be administratively transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings as of July 1, 1994, and shall continue as a special assistant administrative law judge. All full-time staff of covered agencies who have exclusively or principally served as support staff for administrative hearings shall be administratively transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings as of July 1, 1994. All equipment or other tangible property in possession of covered agencies which is used or held exclusively or principally by personnel transferred under this Code section shall be transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings as of July 1, 1994.
  2. All such transfers shall be subject to the approval of the chief state administrative law judge and such personnel or property shall not be transferred if the chief state administrative law judge determines that the hearing officer, staff, equipment, or property should remain with the transferring agency.
  3. Funding for functions and positions transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings under this article shall be transferred as provided for in Code Section 45-12-90. The employees of the Office of State Administrative Hearings shall be in the unclassified service unless they are in the classified service as such term is defined by Code Section 45-20-2.
  4. The chief state administrative law judge shall assess agencies the cost of services rendered to them in the conduct of hearings.
    1. Any full-time hearing officer of the State Personnel Board used exclusively or principally to conduct or preside over hearings for such board immediately prior to July 1, 1997, shall be administratively transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings if such employee qualifies under Code Section 50-13-40. Any person serving immediately prior to July 1, 1997, as an independent hearing officer under contract or written order of appointment shall be administratively transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings as of July 1, 1997, and shall continue as a special assistant administrative law judge. All full-time staff of the State Personnel Board who have exclusively or principally served as support staff for administrative hearings conducted by such hearing officers shall be administratively transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings as of July 1, 1997. All equipment or other tangible property in possession of the State Personnel Board which is used or held exclusively or principally by personnel transferred under this subsection shall be transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings as of July 1, 1997.
    2. Funding for functions and positions transferred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings under this subsection shall be transferred as provided for in Code Section 45-12-90.

(Code 1981, §50-13-44, enacted by Ga. L. 1994, p. 1856, § 3; Ga. L. 1997, p. 844, § 6; Ga. L. 2009, p. 745, § 1/SB 97; Ga. L. 2012, p. 446, § 2-107/HB 642.)

The 2012 amendment, effective July 1, 2012, in subsection (c), substituted the present provisions of the second sentence for the former provisions, which read: "The employees of the Office of State Administrative Hearings shall be in the classified service of the State Personnel Administration; provided, however, that the chief administrative law judge may place positions in the unclassified service as authorized in Article 1 of Chapter 20 of Title 45 and may also place an additional ten assistant administrative law judges in the unclassified service."

Editor's notes.

- Ga. L. 2012, p. 446, § 3-1/HB 642, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that: "Personnel, equipment, and facilities that were assigned to the State Personnel Administration as of June 30, 2012, shall be transferred to the Department of Administrative Services on the effective date of this Act." This Act became effective July 1, 2012.

Ga. L. 2012, p. 446, § 3-2/HB 642, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that: "Appropriations for functions which are transferred by this Act may be transferred as provided in Code Section 45-12-90."

JUDICIAL DECISIONS

Cited in Scarborough v. Hunter, 293 Ga. 431, 746 S.E.2d 119 (2013); Ga. Dep't of Human Servs. v. Addison, 304 Ga. 425, 819 S.E.2d 20 (2018).

CHAPTER 13A TAX TRIBUNALS

Sec.

  • 50-13A-1. Short title.
  • 50-13A-2. Role of agency.
  • 50-13A-3. Application of definitions within Code Section 48-1-2; "tribunal" defined.
  • 50-13A-4. Creation of tax tribunal; seal.
  • 50-13A-5. Composition of tribunal; vacancies and other administrative matters.
  • 50-13A-6. Qualification and terms of tribunal judges; oath; role.
  • 50-13A-7. Location of office; conduct of hearings at other locations.
  • 50-13A-8. Support personnel for tribunal.
  • 50-13A-9. Petitions for relief; jurisdiction; bonds.
  • 50-13A-10. Commencement of actions; service; pleadings and proceedings.
  • 50-13A-11. Petition operates as a stay; lifting of stay.
  • 50-13A-12. Fees.
  • 50-13A-13. Application of Georgia Civil Practice Act; discovery; attendance of witnesses.
  • 50-13A-14. Conduct of trials; evidence; recordings.
  • 50-13A-15. Writing required for judgments and orders; confidentiality; application of stare decisis; publication.
  • 50-13A-16. Small claims division established; jurisdiction; representation; hearings; finality of decisions.
  • 50-13A-17. Procedure and designation of appealing courts.
  • 50-13A-18. Service; filing.
  • 50-13A-19. Rules of practice, procedure, and forms.
  • 50-13A-19.1. Role of tribunal in refund matters from Department of Revenue.
  • 50-13A-20. Applicability of provisions.
Effective date.

- This chapter became effective July 1, 2012.

Editor's notes.

- Ga. L. 2012, p. 318, § 16/HB 100, not codified by the General Assembly, provides, in part, that this chapter shall be applicable to all proceedings commenced on or after January 1, 2013.

Law reviews.

- For article on the 2012 enactment of this chapter, see 29 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 70 (2012).

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