Section 5-17-47

Procedure for adopting, amending, or repealing regulations and interpretations; contesting regulations.

(a) Prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any regulation or interpretation, the administrator shall:

(1) Give at least 30 days' notice of the intended action. The notice shall include a statement of either the terms or substance of the intended action or a description of the subjects and issues involved, and the time when, the place where, and the manner in which interested persons may present their views thereon. The notice shall be made publicly available, and all credit unions chartered under the laws of this state shall be given notice of such intended action. A complete copy of the proposed regulation shall be filed with the Secretary of State; and

(2) Afford all interested persons reasonable opportunity to submit data, views, or arguments, orally or in writing. Opportunity for oral hearing must be granted if requested by 25 persons or by a governmental subdivision or agency. The administrator shall consider fully all written and oral submissions respecting the proposed regulation. Upon adoption of a regulation, the administrator, if requested to do so by an interested person either prior to adoption or within 30 days thereafter, shall issue a concise statement of the principal reasons for and against its adoption, incorporating therein the reasons for overruling the considerations urged against its adoption.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section to the contrary, if the administrator finds that an immediate danger to the public welfare requires adoption of a regulation upon fewer than 30 days' notice and states in writing his or her reasons for that finding, he or she may proceed without prior notice or hearing or upon any abbreviated notice and hearing that he or she finds practicable to adopt an emergency regulation. The regulation shall become effective immediately, unless otherwise stated therein, upon the filing of the regulation and a copy of the written statement of the reasons therefor with the Secretary of State. The regulation may be effective for a period of not longer than 120 days and shall not be renewable. The administrator and Credit Union Board shall not adopt the same or a substantially similar emergency regulation within one calendar year from its first adoption unless the administrator clearly establishes it could not reasonably be foreseen during the initial 120-day period that such emergency would continue or would likely reoccur during the next nine months. The adoption of the same or a substantially similar regulation by normal regulation-making procedures is not precluded.

(c) No regulation hereafter adopted is valid unless adopted in substantial compliance with this section. A proceeding to contest any regulation on the ground of noncompliance with the procedural requirements of this section must be commenced within 180 calendar days from the effective date of the regulation; provided, however, that a proceeding to contest a regulation based on failure to provide notice as herein required or on an incorrect interpretation of the law may be commenced at any time.

(d) The validity or applicability of any regulation or any interpretation of the Alabama Credit Union Administration may be determined in an action for declaratory judgment brought in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County when it is alleged that the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any regulation or any interpretation or the application or threatened application of any regulation or any interpretation interferes with or impairs or threatens to interfere with or impair the legal rights and privileges of the credit union or person affected thereby.

(Acts 1985, No. 85-457, p. 425, §24; Act 2016-133, §1.)