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  701.317.  Additional remedies — rulemaking authority — administrative penalties, requirements — deposit of penalty moneys in lead abatement loan fund. — 1.  In addition to any other remedy provided by law, upon a determination by the director that a provision of sections 701.300 to 701.338, or a standard, limitation, order, rule or regulation promulgated pursuant thereto, or a term or condition of any license has been violated, the director may issue an order assessing an administrative penalty upon the violator under this section.  An administrative penalty shall not be imposed until the director has issued a notice of violation pursuant to section 701.311 to the violator regarding the same type of violation within the calendar year.  Any order assessing an administrative penalty shall state that an administrative penalty is being assessed under this section and that the person subject to the penalty may appeal as provided by this section.  Any such order that fails to state the statute under which the penalty is being sought, the manner of collection or rights of appeal shall result in the state's waiving any right to collection of the penalty.

  2.  The director shall promulgate rules and regulations for the assessment of administrative penalties.  Such rules shall take into consideration the harm or potential harm which the violation causes, or may cause, the violator's previous compliance record, and any other factors which the department may reasonably deem relevant.

  3.  An administrative penalty shall be paid within sixty days from the date of issuance of the order assessing the penalty.  Any person subject to an administrative penalty may appeal to the department within ten days after receipt of the imposition of penalty.  Upon receipt of a request for hearing, the department shall schedule the hearing to be held within thirty days.  Any appeal will stay the due date of such administrative penalty until the appeal is resolved.  Any person who fails to pay an administrative penalty by the final due date shall be liable to the state for a surcharge of fifteen percent of the penalty plus ten percent per annum on any amounts owed.  An action may be brought in the appropriate circuit court to collect any unpaid administrative penalty, and for attorney's fees and costs incurred directly in the collection thereof.

  4.  An administrative penalty shall not be increased in those instances where department action, or failure to act, has caused a continuation of the violation that was a basis for the penalty.  Any administrative penalty must be assessed within two years following the department's initial discovery of such alleged violation, or from the date of the department in the exercise of ordinary diligence should have discovered such alleged violation.

  5.  Any final order imposing an administrative penalty is subject to judicial review on the record upon the filing of a petition pursuant to section 536.100 by any person subject to the administrative penalty.  The appeal shall be filed in the circuit court of the county where the violation occurred.

  6.  The director may elect to assess an administrative penalty, or, in lieu thereof, to request that the attorney general or prosecutor file an appropriate legal action seeking a civil penalty in the appropriate circuit court.

  7.  The penalties collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Missouri lead abatement loan fund as established in section 701.337.  Such penalties shall not be considered charitable contributions for tax purposes.

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(L. 2005 S.B. 95)


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