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(a) The commission will convene one or more public hearings at convenient locations in or near the territory of the proposed change as required under AS 29.04, AS 29.05, AS 29.06, AS 44.33.810 - 44.33.828, and this chapter.
(b) Notice of the date, time, place and subject of the hearing shall be
(1) mailed, postage prepaid, by the department to the petitioner and to each respondent;
(2) published by the department at least three times, with the first date of publishing occurring at least 30 days before the date of the hearing, in a display ad format no less than three inches long by two columns wide, in one or more newspapers of general circulation selected by the department to reach the people in the territory; if the department determines that a newspaper of general circulation, with publication at least once a week, does not circulate in the territory, the department shall provide notice through other means designed to reach the public; and
(3) posted by the petitioner in at least three prominent locations readily accessible to the public in the area in which the hearing is to be held, and where the petition documents are available for review, for at least 21 days preceding the date of the hearing.
(c) The department shall submit a request for a public service announcement of the hearing notice required under this section to at least one radio or television station serving the area of the proposed change and request that it be announced during the 21 days preceding the date of the hearing.
(d) The commission may postpone the time or relocate the place of the hearing by conspicuously posting notice of the postponement or relocation at the original time and location of the public hearing, if the hearing is relocated within the same community or territory and is rescheduled no more than 72 hours after the originally scheduled time.
(e) At least 14 days before the hearing, the petitioner and each respondent shall submit to the department a list of witnesses that the respective party intends to call to provide sworn testimony. The list must include the name and qualifications of each witness, the subjects about which each witness will testify, and the estimated time anticipated for the testimony of each witness. On the same date that the petitioner submits its witness list to the department, the petitioner shall provide a copy of its witness list to each respondent by hand-delivery or postage-prepaid mail. On the same date that a respondent submits its witness list to the department, the respondent shall provide a copy of its witness list to the petitioner and to all other respondents by hand-delivery or postage-prepaid mail.
History: Eff. 7/31/92, Register 123; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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