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§ 20-307. Denial, suspension, or revocation of license

West's Annotated Code of MarylandBusiness RegulationEffective: October 1, 2014

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Business Regulation (Refs & Annos)
Title 20. Automated Purchasing Machines (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Licensing (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2014
MD Code, Business Regulation, § 20-307
§ 20-307. Denial, suspension, or revocation of license
In general
(a)(1) In this subsection, a buyer's or an applicant's agents, employees, management personnel, or partners include only those individuals who are directly involved in transactions on behalf of the buyer or applicant.
(2) Subject to the hearing provisions of § 20-308 of this subtitle, the Secretary may deny a license to an applicant, reprimand a licensee, or suspend or revoke a license if the applicant or licensee or an agent, an employee, a manager, or a partner of the applicant or licensee:
(i) fraudulently or deceptively obtains or attempts to obtain a license for the applicant or licensee or for another person;
(ii) fraudulently or deceptively uses a license;
(iii) has a similar license denied, suspended, or revoked in another jurisdiction;
(iv) under the laws of the United States or of any state, is convicted of:
1. a felony; or
2. a misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee to be involved in buying or selling personal property;
(v) knowingly employs or knowingly continues to employ, after being notified by the Secretary, an individual who, under the laws of the United States or of any state, is convicted of:
1. a felony; or
2. a misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the employee to be involved in buying or selling personal property;
(vi) willfully fails to provide or willfully misrepresents any information required to be provided under this title;
(vii) violates this title; or
(viii) violates a regulation adopted under this title.
(3)(i) Instead of or in addition to reprimanding a licensee or suspending or revoking a license under this subsection, the Secretary may impose a penalty not exceeding $5,000 for each violation.
(ii) To determine the amount of the penalty imposed under this subsection, the Secretary shall consider:
1. the seriousness of the violation;
2. the harm caused by the violation;
3. the good faith of the licensee; and
4. any history of previous violations by the licensee.
(4) The Secretary shall pay any penalty collected under this subsection into the General Fund of the State.
(5) The Secretary shall distribute periodically to all buyers a list of individuals whose licenses have been revoked in the State.
Immediate restraining orders for licensees charged with violation of title
(b)(1) If a licensee is charged with a violation of this title that could result in suspension or revocation of the license, the Secretary may seek from a circuit court an immediate restraining order to prohibit the licensee from:
(i) buying or selling personal property;
(ii) disposing of personal property; or
(iii) disposing of a record about personal property.
(2) The restraining order is in effect until:
(i) the court lifts the order; or
(ii) the charges are adjudicated or dismissed.
Factors considered in determining discipline of licensee
(c) The Secretary shall consider the following facts in the granting, denial, renewal, suspension, or revocation of a license or the reprimand of a licensee when an applicant or a licensee is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor described in subsection (a)(2) of this section:
(1) the nature of the crime;
(2) the relationship of the crime to the activities authorized by the license;
(3) with respect to a felony, the relevance of the conviction to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee to act as a buyer;
(4) the length of time since the conviction; and
(5) the behavior and activities of the applicant or licensee before and after the conviction.

Credits

Added by Acts 2014, c. 161, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2014.
MD Code, Business Regulation, § 20-307, MD BUS REG § 20-307
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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