324.523. 1. The division may refuse to issue or 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 under sections 324.520 to 324.526, 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 or illegal possession of any controlled substance, as defined in chapter 195, or use of any alcoholic beverage to an extent that such use impairs a person's ability to perform the work of any profession that is licensed or regulated under sections 324.520 to 324.526;
(2) Final adjudication and finding of guilt, or the entrance of 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 that is licensed or regulated under sections 324.520 to 324.526, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, 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;
(3) Use of fraud, deception, misrepresentation, or bribery in securing any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required under sections 324.520 to 324.526;
(4) Obtaining or attempting to obtain any fee, charge, tuition, or other compensation by fraud, deception, or misrepresentation;
(5) Incompetence, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, or dishonesty in the performance of the functions or duties of any profession that is licensed or regulated under sections 324.520 to 324.526;
(6) Violation of, or assisting or enabling any person to violate, any provision of sections 324.520 to 324.526, or any lawful rule or regulation adopted under sections 324.520 to 324.526;
(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, license, permit, or diploma from any school;
(8) Disciplinary action against the holder of a license or other right to practice any profession regulated under sections 324.520 to 324.526 granted by another state, territory, federal agency, or country upon grounds for which revocation or suspension is authorized in this state;
(9) Final adjudication by a court of competent jurisdiction that a person is insane or incompetent;
(10) Assisting or enabling any person to practice or offer to practice any profession licensed or regulated under sections 324.520 to 324.526 who is licensed and is currently ineligible to practice under sections 324.520 to 324.526;
(11) Causing the division to issue a certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license based upon a material mistake of fact;
(12) Failure to display a valid license;
(13) Violation of any advertisement or solicitation that is false, misleading, or deceptive to the general public, or persons to whom the advertisement or solicitation is primarily directed;
(14) Failure or refusal to properly guard against contagious, infectious, or communicable diseases and the spread thereof.
2. 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 grounds, provided in subsection 1 of this section, for disciplinary action are met, the division may, singly, or in combination, censure or place the person named in the complaint on probation on such terms and conditions as the division deems appropriate for a period not to exceed five years, or may suspend, for a period not to exceed three years, or revoke the license, certificate, or permit.
3. The division, acting upon its own knowledge or written or verified complaint filed by any person, may discipline a person as provided in subsections 1 or 2 of this section or the division may bring an action to enjoin any person, establishment, firm, or corporation from engaging in an occupation regulated by the provisions of sections 324.520 to 324.526, if such person, firm, or corporation without being licensed to do so by the division engages in or practices an occupation licensed under sections 324.520 to 324.526. The action shall be brought in the county in which such person resides, or, in the case of an establishment, firm, or corporation, where the establishment, firm, or corporation maintains its principal office; and unless it appears that such person, establishment, firm, or corporation so engaging or practicing such occupation is licensed, the injunction shall be issued, and such person, firm, or corporation shall be perpetually enjoined from engaging in such activities throughout the state.
(L. 2007 H.B. 780)
Missouri General Assembly