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  333.330.  Refusal of registration, when — complaint procedure — injunctive relief authorized, when — reapplication after revocation, when. — 1.  The board may refuse to issue any certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license required under this chapter for one or any combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of this section.  The board shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and shall advise the applicant of his or her right to file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621.

  2.  The board may cause a complaint to be filed with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621 against any holder of any certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license required by this chapter, or any person who has failed to renew or has surrendered his or her certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license for any one or any combination of the following causes:

  (1)  Use of any controlled substance, as defined in chapter 195, or alcoholic beverage to an extent that such use impairs a person's ability to perform the work of any profession licensed or regulated by this chapter;

  (2)  The person has been finally adjudicated and found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution under the laws of any state or of the United States, for any offense reasonably related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of any profession licensed or regulated under this chapter, for any offense involving a controlled substance, or for any offense an essential element of which is fraud, dishonesty, or an act of violence;

  (3)  Use of fraud, deception, misrepresentation, or bribery in securing any certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license issued under this chapter or in obtaining permission to take any examination given or required under this chapter;

  (4)  Obtaining or attempting to obtain any fee, charge, tuition, or other compensation by fraud, deception, or misrepresentation;

  (5)  Incompetency, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, or dishonesty in the performance of the functions or duties of any profession licensed or regulated by this chapter;

  (6)  Violation of, or assisting or enabling any person to violate, any provision of this chapter, or of any lawful rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto;

  (7)  Impersonation of any person holding a certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license or allowing any person to use his or her certificate of registration or authority, permit, license, or diploma from any school;

  (8)  Disciplinary action against the holder of a license or other right to practice any profession regulated by this chapter granted by another state, territory, federal agency, or country upon grounds for which revocation or suspension is authorized in this state;

  (9)  A person is finally adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction;

  (10)  Misappropriation or theft of preneed funds;

  (11)  Assisting or enabling any person to practice or offer to practice any profession licensed or regulated by this chapter regulating preneed who is not licensed or registered and currently eligible to practice thereunder;

  (12)  Issuance of a certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license based upon a material mistake of fact;

  (13)  Failure to display a valid certificate or license if so required by this chapter regulating preneed or any rule established thereunder;

  (14)  Violation of any professional trust or confidence;

  (15)  Making or filing any report required by sections 436.400 to 436.520 regulating preneed which the licensee knows to be false or knowingly failing to make or file a report required by such sections;

  (16)  Use of any advertisement or solicitation which is false, misleading, or deceptive to the general public or persons to whom the advertisement or solicitation is primarily directed; or

  (17)  Willfully and through undue influence selling a funeral;

  (18)  Willfully and through undue influence selling a preneed contract;

  (19)  Violation of any of the provisions of chapter 193, 194, 407, or 436;

  (20)  Presigning a death certificate or signing a death certificate on a body not yet embalmed by, or under the personal supervision of, the licensee;

  (21)  Failure to execute and sign the death certificate on a body embalmed by, or under the personal supervision of, a licensee;

  (22)  Failure to refuse to properly guard against contagious, infectious, or communicable diseases or the spread thereof;

  (23)  Refusing to surrender a dead human body upon request by the next of kin, legal representative, or other person entitled to the custody and control of the body.

  3.  After the filing of such complaint, the proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 621.  Upon a finding by the administrative hearing commission that the grounds, provided in subsection 2 of this section, for disciplinary action are met, the board may, singly or in combination, censure or place the person named in the complaint on probation on such terms and conditions as the board deems appropriate for a period not to exceed five years, or may suspend, for a period not to exceed three years, or revoke any certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license issued under this chapter.

  4.  In addition to all other powers and authority granted by the board, the board may seek an injunction, restraining order or other order from the circuit court of Cole County to enjoin any seller from engaging in preneed sales upon a showing by the board that the seller has failed to make deposits into the preneed trust, has obtained funds out of the trust to which the seller is not entitled or has exercised influence or control over the trustee or has engaged in any other act that has resulted in a shortage in any preneed trust or joint account which exceeds twenty percent of the total amount required to be held or deposited into the trust or joint account under the provisions of sections 436.400 to 436.520.  In addition to the power to enjoin for this conduct, the circuit court of Cole County shall also be entitled to suspend or revoke the preneed seller's license and any other license issued pursuant to this chapter, held by the seller.

  5.  An individual whose certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license has been revoked shall wait three years from the date of revocation to apply for any certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license under this chapter, either as an individual or as a manager, director, shareholder, or partner of any business entity.  Any certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license shall be issued at the discretion of the board after compliance with all the requirements of this chapter relative to the licensing or registration of the applicant for the first time.

  6.  Use of the procedures set out in this section shall not preclude the application of the provisions of subsection 2 of section 333.335.

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(L. 2009 S.B. 1)


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