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And just as the enforcement case was falling apart at SOAH, the TABC found itself in the hot seat in the Texas Legislature after The Texas Tribune reported on spending controversies and abusive treatment of companies it regulates.
The measure would have sent all contractual disputes involving Texas community colleges to SOAH. "There are two main problems with SOAH," Sewell explained.
Second, Sewell explained, SOAH has authority under state law to order payment of awards up to $250,000, but not a dollar more.
"We've had SOAH for 27 years, and we've never had a chief judge who took any type of formal action against one of their judges because of the way that they determined the facts," said Ron Beal, a Baylor Law School professor and administrative law expert.
"As a Chief Judge, Leslie [sic] Ginn has done a miserable job that threatens the very essence of what SOAH stands for in our government," Beal wrote.
"ALJ Burkhalter, in a case before SOAH, inappropriately interjected his opinion of the physical attractiveness of female witnesses," Ginn wrote.
"With SOAH, you have to make decisions based on the law or the evidence that you might not personally believe are right."
Kirk Watson, D-Austin, the vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee, Walston wrote that judges in the Office of Administrative Hearings "fear termination of employment or other adverse action if they rule against a state agency - As a result, [judges] now feel pressure to rule in favor of state agencies to avoid adverse employment actions, and the public's faith in SOAH as a fair and neutral forum will be lost."
Additionally, Agreed Orders for Deferred Discipline cannot be offered to nurses who have already been the subject of a Board Order, to nurses involved in a contested case matter before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), or to nurses who have eligibility issues.
[1.] Assistant Professor, Selection Grade, Department of Optometry, SOAHS, Manipal University.
[3.] Assistant Professor, Senior Scale, Department of Optometry, SOAHS, Manipal University.