2019 PRCA Rule Book

B12.3.4 Contact With Hearing Panel Members Forbidden. Under no circumstances is a grievant to contact a Hearing Panel member without the prior written approval of the Chairman of the Grievance Review Committee. Any unauthorized contact shall result in an automatic, non-appealable fine of $1,000 imposed against the grievant, and the Chairman of the Grievance Review Committee shall determine, in his sole discretion, whether the contacted member of theHearing Panel can continue to serve in that capacity. Likewise, the PRCA shall not have contact with the Hearing Panel members except in an administrative capacity. In the event the PRCA violates this rule, the Chairman of the Grievance Review Committee shall determine, in his sole discretion, whether the contacted member of the Hearing Panel can continue to serve in that capacity. The Chairman of the Grievance Review Committee may also impose, in his sole discretion, appropriate penalties on the individual(s) from the PRCA who violate this Bylaw. B12.3.5 Hearing: Purpose and Procedure. The purpose of the above- stated grievance procedure is to provide an open and informal method of resolving disagreements and disputes between the Members and PRCA officials. The hearing provided in Step 3 of the grievance procedure outlined above will therefore be conducted in a conversational, non-courtroom atmosphere with emphasis on full presentation of all relevant facts. At the Step 3 hearing, the grievant and other persons participating in the hearing shall be given a reasonable opportunity to present oral or written evidence, to cross-examine witnesses, to be represented by counsel, and to present such factual or legal claims as desired. Rules of evidence shall not be strictly enforced. In the event that compliance with regular procedures would not be likely to produce a sufficiently early decision to do justice to affected parties, the CEO shall have the authority to make appropriate arrangements in consultation with the Chairman of the Grievance Review Committee to cause the grievance to be heard and decided by the Hearing Panel under such expedited procedures as may be deemed necessary or appropriate in order to timely resolve a matter relating to or affecting an upcoming PRCA-approved rodeo or other scheduled PRCA event. Hearings may be conducted by telephone conference call or other remote communications technologies. B12.4 Expedited Contestant Eligibility Grievance Procedure. This expedited contestant eligibility grievance process is available only to Contestant Card Members. Notwithstanding the other grievance procedures set forth in this Chapter B12, a Contestant Card Member may elect to use this special expedited grievance procedure if (1) the Contestant Card Member desires to challenge or contest actions of the PRCA involving an alleged misinterpretation or misapplication of the PRCA Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws or Official Rodeo Rules (including PRCA rodeo Ground Rules) that denies or threatens to deny the Contestant Card Member’s eligibility

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