|(a) Location, conduct and time of meetings. The Board shall meet in Austin, or other places designated by the Board, on dates to be determined by the department with the advice of the Board, for the purpose of conducting hearings on matters appealed to the Board and/or for the purpose of conducting business authorized by the Texas Agriculture Code, Chapter 103. Meetings will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. (b) Notice of meetings. A written notice of the agenda, date, time and place of each business meeting of the Board and/or hearing conducted by the Board, shall be published in the Texas Register in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. In cases of emergency or urgent public necessity, notice shall be given as authorized by the Open Meetings Act. (c) Chairman to preside. The chairman of the Board shall preside over all meetings of the Board and shall perform all duties delegated to him or her under these
rules. In the chairman's absence, the vice-chairman shall preside over all meetings of the Board, and shall perform all duties of the chairman under these rules. The vice-chairman shall be selected by a majority of Board members present at the time of selection. (d) Public comment period. As part of its business meetings, the Board shall include a public comment period to allow members of the public to appear and provide comment on matters within the jurisdiction of the Board. This item will be included in the agenda published in the Texas Register for the business meeting.