(a) Whenever the board shall deny an application for any original or renewal license of any kind under this article or shall suspend or revoke any such license it shall make and enter an order to that effect and serve a copy thereof on the applicant or licensee, as the case may be, by certified mail, return receipt requested. Such order shall state the grounds for the action taken and shall require that any license suspended or revoked thereby shall be returned to the board by the holder within twenty days after receipt of the copy of the order.
(b) Any person adversely affected by any such order shall be entitled to a hearing thereon as to all issues not excluded from the definition of "contested case" as set forth in article one, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code if, within twenty days after receipt of a copy thereof, he or she filed with the board a written demand for such hearing. A demand for hearing shall operate automatically to stay or suspend the execution of any order suspending or revoking a license or denying an application for a renewal of license. The board may require the person demanding such hearing to give reasonable security for the costs thereof, and, if such person does not substantially prevail at such hearing, such costs shall be assessed against the person and may be collected by a civil action or other proper remedy.
(c) Upon receipt of a written demand for a hearing, the board shall set a time and place thereof not less than ten nor more than thirty days thereafter. The person demanding the hearing may be granted one continuance as a matter of right and further continuances for good cause shown.
(d) All of the pertinent provisions of article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code shall apply to and govern the hearing, and the administrative procedures in connection with and following such hearing, with like effect as if the provisions of the article were set forth in this subsection.
(e) Any such hearing shall be conducted by a quorum of the board. For the purpose of conducting any such hearing any member of the board may issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum which shall be issued and served within the time and for the fees and shall be enforced, as specified in section one, article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, and all of the provisions of such section dealing with subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum shall apply to those issued for the purpose of a hearing hereunder.
(f) At any such hearing the person who demanded the same may represent himself or herself or be represented by an attorney admitted to practice law in this state. Upon request of the board, it shall be represented at any such hearing by the attorney general or his assistants without additional compensation.
(g) After any such hearing and consideration of all of the testimony, evidence and record in the case, the board shall render its decision in writing, accompanied by findings of fact and conclusions of law as specified in section three, article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, and a copy of such decision and accompanying findings and conclusions shall be served by certified mail, return receipt requested, upon the person demanding such hearing, and the person's attorney of record, if any.
(h) The decision of the board shall be final unless reversed, vacated or modified upon judicial review thereof in accordance with this article.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session