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    Proposed Rule
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    Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Rules of Procedure, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

This document makes several revisions to the procedural rules governing practice before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHARC). Although many of the revisions are technical and claring in nature, this proposal also contains several significant changes to Commission practice and procedure. The Commission is also proposing revisions to its rules on discovery, including provisions requiring the parties to answer certain mandatory interrogatories shortly after the filing of the Secretary''s complaint. Finally, the Commission is proposing substantial revisions to its rules on simplified proceedings. Of greatest significance, the Commission would eliminate the ability of any party to wield an absolute veto over the use of simplified proceedings. Rather, the parties would file any objections with the Judge, who would decide whether the objecting party has shown that Simplified Proceedings would prejudice it in the presentation of its case. The Commission would also make certain changes in its discovery procedures, and proposes rules that would allow parties to file documents through facsimile transmission (FAX) and would formalize rules governing a party''s appearance before the Commission as amicus curiae. Comments must be received by June 26, 1992. For further information contact Earl Ohman, Jr., (202)634-4015.