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  339.205.  Civil penalty may be imposed, when — amount, limit, factors — settlement procedures. — 1.  In actions against unlicensed persons or disciplinary actions against licensed persons, the commission may issue an order imposing a civil penalty.  Such penalty shall not be imposed until the findings of facts and conclusions of law by the administrative hearing commission have been delivered to the commission in accordance with section 621.110.  Further, no civil penalty shall be assessed until a formal meeting and vote by the board has been taken to impose such a penalty.

  2.  Any civil penalty imposed by the commission shall not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars for each offense.  Each day of a continued violation constitutes a separate offense, with a maximum penalty of twenty-five thousand dollars.  In determining the amount of penalty to be imposed, the commission may consider any of the following:

  (1)  Whether the amount imposed will be a substantial deterrent to the violation;

  (2)  The circumstances leading to the violation;

  (3)  The severity of the violation and the risk of harm to the public;

  (4)  The economic benefits gained by the violator as a result of noncompliance; and

  (5)  The interest of the public.

  3.  Any final order imposing a civil penalty is subject to judicial review upon the filing of a petition under section 536.100 by any person subject to the penalty.

  4.  Payment of a civil penalty shall be made within sixty days of filing the order, or if the order is stayed pending an appeal, within ten days after the court enters a final judgment in favor of the commission.  If the penalty is not timely paid, the commission shall notify the attorney general.  The attorney general may commence an action to recover the amount of the penalty, including reasonable attorney fees and costs and a surcharge of fifteen percent of the penalty plus ten percent per annum on any amounts owed.  In such action, the validity and appropriateness of the final order imposing the civil penalty shall not be subject to review.

  5.  An action to enforce an order under this section may be joined with an action for an injunction.

  6.  Any offer of settlement to resolve a civil penalty under this section shall be in writing, state that an action for imposition of a civil penalty may be initiated by the attorney general representing the commission under this section, and identify any dollar amount as an offer of settlement, which shall be negotiated in good faith through conference, conciliation, and persuasion.

  7.  Failure to pay a civil penalty by any person licensed under this chapter shall be grounds for denying, disciplining or refusing to renew or reinstate a license or certificate of authority.

  8.  Penalties collected under this section shall be handled in accordance with Section 7 of Article IX of the Missouri Constitution.  Such penalties shall not be considered a charitable contribution for tax purposes.

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(L. 2007 H.B. 780 merged with S.B. 308)


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