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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 5. Virginia Lottery Board
Chapter 20. Administration Regulations
10/26/2020

11VAC5-20-170. Procedures for Conducting Informal Fact-Finding Licensing Conferences.

A. The conference officer will conduct an informal fact-finding conference with the appellant for the purpose of resolving the licensing action at issue.

B. The conference officer will hold the conference as soon as possible but not later than 30 days after the notice of appeal is filed, unless an alternate date is designated by the conference officer or his designee and accepted by the appellant. A notice setting out the conference date, time, and location will be sent to the appellant, by certified mail, return receipt requested, at least 10 days before the day set for the conference, unless a shorter time is agreed to by the appellant.

C. A conference may be conducted by telephone, at the option of the appellant.

D. The conferences shall be informal.

1. The conferences will be electronically recorded. The recordings will be kept until the time limit for any subsequent appeal has expired.

2. A court reporter may be used. The court reporter shall be paid by the person who requested him. If the appellant elects to have a court reporter, a transcript shall be provided to the agency. The transcript shall become part of the agency's records.

3. The appellant may appear in person or may be represented by counsel to present his facts, argument, or proof in the matter to be heard and may request other parties to appear to present testimony.

4. The agency will present its facts in the case and may request other parties to appear to present testimony.

5. Questions may be asked by any of the parties at any time during the presentation of information subject to the conference officer's prerogative to regulate the order of presentation in a manner that, in his sole discretion, best serves the interest of fairly developing the facts.

6. The conference officer may exclude information at any time that he believes, in his sole discretion, is not germane or that repeats information already received.

7. The conference officer shall declare the conference completed when the time established by the conference officer has expired.

E. Normally, the conference officer shall issue his decision within 15 days after the conclusion of an informal conference. However, for a conference with a court reporter, the conference officer shall issue his decision within 15 days after receipt of the transcript of the conference. In all cases the agency shall comply with the APA. The decision will be in the form of a letter to the appellant summarizing the case and setting out his decision on the matter. The decision will be sent to the appellant by certified mail, return receipt requested.

F. After receiving the conference officer's decision on the informal conference, the appellant may elect to appeal to the board for a formal hearing on the licensing action. The request for appeal shall:

1. Be submitted in writing within 15 days of receipt of the conference officer's decision on the informal conference.

2. Be mailed or hand delivered to the chairman of the board at the headquarters of the Virginia Lottery.

3. Be governed by the same procedures in 11VAC5-20-160 B for filing the original notice of appeal.

4. State:

a. The decision of the conference officer that is being appealed;

b. The legal and factual basis for the appeal;

c. The retailer's license number; and

d. Any additional information the appellant may wish to include concerning the appeal.

Statutory Authority

§ 58.1-4007 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR447-01-2 § 3.6, eff. December 1, 1988; amended, Volume 06, Issue 06, eff. January 17, 1990; Volume 07, Issue 13, eff. April 24, 1991; Volume 08, Issue 24, eff. September 24, 1992; Volume 10, Issue 11, eff. March 23, 1994; Volume 13, Issue 03, eff. November 28, 1996; Volume 19, Issue 15, eff. May 7, 2003; Volume 28, Issue 26, eff. September 26, 2012; Volume 31, Issue 03, eff. November 5, 2014.

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