(a)(1) The arbitration board shall, acting through its chairperson, call a hearing
to be held within ten (10) days after the date of the appointment of the chairperson,
and shall, acting through its chairperson, give at least seven (7) days notice, in
writing, to each of the other two (2) arbitrators, the bargaining agent, and the state
authorities of the time and place of the hearing.
(2) The hearing shall be informal and the rules of evidence prevailing in judicial
proceedings shall not be binding. Any and all documentary evidence and other data deemed relevant by the arbitrators
may be received in evidence.
(3) The arbitrators shall have the power to administer oaths and to require by subpoena
the attendance and testimony of witnesses, and the production of books, records, and
other evidence relative or pertinent to the issues presented to them for determination.
(b) The hearing conducted by the arbitrators shall be concluded within twenty (20)
days of the time of commencement, and within ten (10) days after the conclusion of
the hearings, the arbitrators shall make written findings and a written opinion upon
the issues presented, a copy of which shall be mailed or otherwise delivered to the
bargaining agent or its attorney or otherwise delegated representative and to the
state authorities. A majority decision of the arbitrators shall be binding upon both the bargaining
agent and the state authorities.
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