RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE APPEALS HEARING BOARD MEETINGS Section 1. Open Meetings
. All hearings of the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board shall be held in accordance with the provisions of Title 50, Chapter 14 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. The public shall be afforded access to meetings in compliance with Georgia law.
Section 2. Visual and Sound Recordings
. Visual, sound, and visual and sound recordings shall be permitted for all public hearings, as long as such recordings are in accordance with State law.
Section 3. Quorum
. A quorum must be present for conducting hearings of the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board. A quorum is a majority number (more the 50%) of the members of the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board. Any member of the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals
Hearing Board (hereinafter “
may raise a point of order directed to the Hearing Officer or presiding officer if he or she believes that a quorum is not present. If, during the course of a hearing, a Board Member or Board Members leave and a quorum no longer exists, the hearing may not continue. If a quorum is not attained within thirty (30) minutes, the hearing may be rescheduled by the Hearing Officer, presiding officer, or Secretary with the approval of the Board Members present.
Section 4. Hearing Officer
. The Hearing Officer is appointed by the Mayor and the City Council and is the presiding officer of the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board. As presiding officer, he or she is responsible for the orderly conduct of the hearing. In order to fulfill this duty, the Hearing Officer shall enforce the rules of procedure that are adopted by the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board. The Hearing Officer shall be impartial and conduct the hearings in a fair manner. The Hearing Officer may name a Sergeant-at-Arms to assist in maintaining the orderly conduct of the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board hearings. The Hearing Officer shall be treated as one of the Board Members for quorum and voting purposes, and the Hearing Officer may vote on all matters before the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board.
Section 5. Presiding Officer
. If the Hearing Officer is absent or otherwise unable to serve as presiding officer at a hearing and a quorum of Board Members is present, the remaining Board Members shall select a Board Member to serve as presiding officer of that meeting until either the Hearing Officer is present at that meeting.
Section 6. Secretary and Parliamentarian
. The Secretary shall be the City Clerk or the Deputy City Clerk and serve as the parliamentarian for Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board hearings.
Section 7. Hearings
. Hearings of the Alcoholic Beverage Appeals Hearing Board shall be held at a time determined by the City Clerk, and shall occur at any time that there is an agenda item to address. All hearings shall be held in the court chambers, provided however, that other sites are allowed prior to the opening of City Hall or as provided by other sections of this document. A notice containing the foregoing information shall be posted and maintained in a conspicuous place
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