[cfchead]Preliminary Hearing[/cfchead]
a proceeding before the Commission for the purpose of deciding if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Ethics in Government Act or other statute under the jurisdiction of the Commission has been violated, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe there has been a failure to comply with any rule or regulation promulgated by the Commission, and if the matter should be set down for a “Hearing” for the purpose of determining whether a violation of the Ethics in Government Act or other statute within the jurisdiction of the Commission and whether any sanctions should be imposed should a violation be found. This term also specifically includes hearings held pursuant to the issuance of an Administrative Subpoena. SEC rule 189-2-.01 (10)

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