Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 324
Occupations and Professions General Provisions
Section 324.496

August 28, 2014


Authority of the board--complaints, procedure--limitation of liability.

324.496. 1. The board, with recommendation by the committee, may refuse to issue, renew or reinstate any license required by sections 324.475 to 324.499 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, with recommendation by the committee, may cause a complaint to be filed with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621 against any holder of any license issued pursuant to sections 324.475 to 324.499 or any person who has failed to renew or has surrendered his or her license for any one or any combination of the following causes:

(1) The person has been finally adjudicated and found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution pursuant to the laws of any state or of the United States, for any offense reasonably related to the qualifications, functions or duties of the profession regulated pursuant to sections 324.475 to 324.499, for any offense an essential element of which is fraud, dishonesty or an act of violence, or for any offense involving moral turpitude, whether or not sentence is imposed;

(2) Use of fraud, deception, misrepresentation or bribery in securing any license issued pursuant to sections 324.475 to 324.499 or in obtaining permission to take any examination given or required pursuant to sections 324.475 to 324.499;

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

(4) Incompetency, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation or dishonesty in the performance of the functions or duties of the profession regulated by sections 324.475 to 324.499;

(5) Violation of, or assisting or enabling any person to violate, any provision of sections 324.475 to 324.499, or of any lawful rule or regulation adopted pursuant to such sections;

(6) Impersonation of any person holding a license or allowing any person to use his or her certificate or diploma from any school or certification entity;

(7) Disciplinary action against the holder of a license or other right to practice the profession regulated by sections 324.475 to 324.499 granted by another state, territory, federal agency or country upon grounds for which revocation or suspension is authorized in this state;

(8) A person is finally adjudged insane or incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction;

(9) Issuance of a license based upon a material mistake of fact;

(10) 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;

(11) 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 sections 324.475 to 324.499.

3. Any person, organization, association or corporation who reports or provides information to the division, board or committee pursuant to the provisions of sections 324.475 to 324.499 and who does so in good faith and without negligence shall not be subject to an action for civil damages as a result thereof.

4. After the filing of a complaint pursuant to subsection 2 of this section, 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, upon recommendation of the committee, singly or in combination, censure or place the person named in the complaint on probation, suspension or revoke the license of the person on such terms and conditions as the division deems appropriate.

(L. 1998 H.B. 1601, et al. ยง 22, A.L. 1999 H.B. 343)


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