40-5-703. Hearing -- order suspending license. (1) To show cause why suspension of a license would not be appropriate, the obligor shall request a hearing from the support enforcement entity that issued the notice of intent to suspend the license. The request must be made within 60 days of the date of service of the notice.
(2) Upon receipt of a request for hearing from an obligor, the support enforcement entity shall schedule a hearing for the purpose of determining if suspension of the obligor's license is appropriate. A court hearing may be conducted by teleconferencing methods. A department hearing must initially be conducted by teleconferencing methods and is subject to the Montana Administrative Procedure Act. The support enforcement entity shall stay suspension of the license pending the outcome of the hearing.
(3) The only issues that may be determined in a hearing under this section are the amount of the support debt or support obligation, if any, whether or not a delinquency exists, whether or not the obligor has entered into a payment plan, and whether or not the obligor failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant.
(4) If an obligor fails to respond to a notice of intent to suspend a license, fails to timely request a hearing, or fails to appear at a regularly scheduled hearing, the obligor's defenses, objections, or request for a payment plan must be considered to be without merit and the support enforcement entity shall enter a final decision and order accordingly.
(5) If the support enforcement entity determines that the obligor owes a delinquency and that the obligor has not entered into a payment plan or that the obligor failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant, the support enforcement entity shall issue an order suspending the obligor's license and ordering the obligor to refrain from engaging in the licensed activity. The support enforcement entity shall send a copy of the order suspending a license to the obligor and shall notify the licensing authority in writing of the suspension. Notification to the licensing authority is not required if the support enforcement entity has previously suspended the license of the obligor and the suspension is still in effect.
(6) The determinations of the department under this section are a final agency decision and are subject to judicial review under 40-5-253 and the Montana Administrative Procedure Act.
(7) A determination made by the support enforcement entity under this part is independent of any proceeding of the licensing authority to suspend, revoke, deny, terminate, or renew a license.