(1) Any party may request the disqualification of an administrative law judge by filing an affidavit, promptly upon learning of the basis for the disqualification, stating with particularity the grounds upon which it is claimed that a fair and impartial hearing cannot be accorded.
(2) The director shall promptly determine whether or not to disqualify an administrative law judge based on the request, or alternatively, he may hold a preliminary hearing at least ten calendar days prior to the hearing date for the purpose of receiving evidence relating to the grounds alleged for disqualification.
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