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Title XXVI TRADE AND COMMERCE

Chapter 413

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  413.075.  Powers of director. — When necessary for the enforcement of sections 413.005 to 413.229 or regulations promulgated under sections 413.005 to 413.229, the director may:

  (1)  Enter any commercial premises during normal business hours; except that, in the event such premises are not open to the public, she/he shall first present his or her credentials and obtain consent before making entry thereto, unless a search warrant has previously been obtained;

  (2)  Seize, for use as evidence, without formal warrant, any incorrect or unapproved weight, measure, package, or commodity found to be used, retained, offered, or exposed for sale or sold in violation of the provisions of sections 413.005 to 413.229 or regulations promulgated thereunder;

  (3)  Stop any commercial vehicle, present his or her credentials, inspect the contents, and require the person in charge of that vehicle to produce any documents in his or her possession concerning the contents, and may require such person to proceed with the vehicle to some specified place for a more thorough inspection;

  (4)  Verify advertised prices and point-of-sale systems, as deemed necessary to determine the accuracy of prices and computations and the correct use of the equipment, and if such systems utilize scanning or coding means in lieu of manual entry, the accuracy of price printed or recalled from a database.  In carrying out the provisions of this section, the director shall employ recognized procedures, such as are designated in the most recent edition of National Institute of Standards and Technology Handbook 130, "Examination Procedures for Price Verification"; issue necessary rules and regulations regarding the accuracy of advertised prices and automated systems for retail price charging (referred to as "point-of-sale systems" ) for the enforcement of this section which shall have the force and effect of law; and conduct investigations to ensure compliance;

  (5)  Grant any exemptions from the provisions of sections 413.005 to 413.229 or any regulations promulgated thereunder, when appropriate to the maintenance of good commercial practices;

  (6)  Issue stop sale, stop use, hold or removal orders with respect to any weights and measures commercially used, to any packaged or bulk commodities kept, offered or exposed for sale contrary to the provisions of this act, and cease and desist orders with respect to any practices made unlawful by this chapter, which order shall remain in effect until sections 413.005 to 413.229 have been complied with.  The owner or operator of the business or operation to which the order was issued shall have the right to take such steps necessary to bring the device, commodity or practice into compliance, and shall also have the right to appeal from such order to the circuit court of the county in which the order was issued.  Failure to comply with the provisions of the order shall be deemed an unlawful act.

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(L. 1983 H.B. 729, A.L. 1994 S.B. 729, A.L. 2002 S.B. 1071)


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