On Monday, the Liquor Board released the following statement:
Acting on the heels of the Alcohol Beverages Act of 2014, which requires the Board of Liquor License Commissioners to review its regulations on or before October 31, 2015, the board has announced it will establish a committee to draft new rules and regulations that govern its administrative operations and hearings.
“The board and its agency will move forward with the changes established in law. Our goal is to solicit input from various parties having a vested interest in improving the agency’s operation as well as restoring the public’s trust through increased transparency,” said Commissioner Elizabeth Smith, acting chairwoman and one of two remaining commissioners on the Liquor Board.
Newly appointed Executive Secretary Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth will chair the committee, working directly with city administration, and will report the committee’s recommendations to the Liquor Board by this fall.
Members of this newly formed Rules Committee will be selected by both the liquor commissioners and senior management personnel in the administrative wing of the agency.
“With licensees, attorneys, and community activists seated at the table equally, we can accomplish our shared goals” said longtime Liquor Board employee and acting executive secretary, Douglas Paige.
Commissioner Harvey Jones said that community members would bring a valuable outsider’s perspective.
“Members from the community have different perspectives than agency staff, and by weighing in on the rules, this committee will give a more holistic approach to how the agency will operate,” said Commissioner Harvey Jones.
Those interested in seats on the committee should provide an electronic letter of interest as well as a resume (two-page maximum) to Nadine Davis (email@example.com) by June 9, 2014.
Minimum requirements include being a registered voter over the age of 18 and having a business or residence within Baltimore City. Preference will be given to individuals having experience with the Baltimore City Liquor Board.