2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
General - Continued
Article 55.5 - Outfitters and Guides
§ 12-55.5-106. Disciplinary actions - grounds for discipline
(1) The director may deny, suspend, revoke, or place on probation an outfitter's registration or issue a letter of admonition to an applicant for or holder of an outfitter's registration if the applicant or holder:
(a) Violates any order of the division or the director or any provision of this article or the rules established under this article;
(b) Fails to meet the requirements of section 12-55.5-105 or uses fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit in applying for or attempting to apply for registration;
(c) Violates any local, state, or federal law or regulation concerning public land management, wildlife, health, or cruelty to animals, including, but not limited to, section 33-6-113, C.R.S.;
(d) Is convicted of or has entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to a felony; except that the director shall be governed by the provisions of section 24-5-101, C.R.S., in considering such conviction or plea;
(e) Uses false, deceptive, or misleading advertising;
(f) Misrepresents his services, facilities, or equipment to a client or prospective client;
(g) Uses alcohol or any controlled substance as defined in section 18-18-102 (5), C.R.S., to the extent that the use places the user or other persons at risk while providing outfitting services or is a habitual user of alcohol or a controlled substance as defined in section 18-18-102 (5), C.R.S., to the extent that the use places the user or other persons at risk while providing outfitting services;
(h) Has incurred disciplinary action related to the practice of outfitting in another jurisdiction. Evidence of such disciplinary action shall be prima facie evidence for denial of registration or other disciplinary action if the violation would be grounds for such disciplinary action in this state.
(i) Has been convicted of second or third degree criminal trespass pursuant to section 18-4-503 or 18-4-504, C.R.S.; except that the director shall be governed by the provisions of section 24-5-101, C.R.S., in considering such conviction;
(j) Hires an individual as a guide who fails to meet the requirements of section 12-55.5-103.5, unless such hiring is a result of an emergency situation, as defined by rules promulgated by the director, in which case the outfitter may hire a guide who does not possess a valid first aid card or first aid instructor's card;
(k) Serves or consumes alcohol while engaged in the activities of an outfitter, if the applicant or holder is under twenty-one years of age;
(l) Violates section 18-4-503 or 18-4-504, C.R.S., resulting in two or more second or third degree criminal trespass convictions within any three- to five-year period while acting as an outfitter or guide; or
(m) Fails to respond to a complaint against the registered outfitter.
(2) To be valid, a proceeding to deny, suspend, revoke, or place on probation a registration must be conducted in accordance with sections 24-4-104 and 24-4-105, C.R.S. The director may use an administrative law judge employed by the office of administrative courts in the department of personnel to conduct hearings.
(3) (a) When a complaint or investigation discloses an instance of misconduct that, in the opinion of the director, does not warrant formal action by the director but that should not be dismissed as being without merit, the director may issue and send a letter of admonition to the registrant.
(b) When a letter of admonition is sent by the director to a registrant, the letter must advise the registrant that the registrant has the right to request in writing, within twenty days after receipt of the letter, that formal disciplinary proceedings be initiated to adjudicate the propriety of the conduct upon which the letter of admonition is based.
(c) If the request for adjudication is timely made, the letter of admonition shall be deemed vacated and the matter shall be processed by means of formal disciplinary proceedings.
(3.5) When a complaint or investigation discloses an instance of conduct that does not warrant formal action by the director and, in the opinion of the director, should be dismissed, but the director has noticed possible errant conduct by the registrant that could lead to serious consequences if not corrected, the director may send the registrant a confidential letter of concern.
(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the director may deny an initial application for registration if:
(a) The applicant is an individual who was previously listed as participating in an entity pursuant to section 12-55.5-105 (4), and such entity was subjected to discipline under this article;
(b) The applicant is an entity, the entity lists an individual as participating in the entity pursuant to section 12-55.5-105 (4), and that individual was previously listed as a participating person in an entity that was subjected to discipline under this article; or
(c) The applicant is an entity, the entity lists an individual as a participating person pursuant to section 12-55.5-105 (4), and that individual was previously subjected to discipline under this article.
(4.5) The director may discipline an applicant or registrant under this section for the acts of a person who:
(a) Is acting on behalf of the applicant or registrant; and
(b) (I) Is an officer, director, member, or partner of, or owner of at least a ten-percent interest in, the applicant or registrant;
(II) Has managing or controlling authority of the applicant or registrant; or
(III) Is an employee, contractor, or authorized booking agent of the applicant or registrant.
(5) When a complaint or an investigation discloses an instance of misconduct that, in the opinion of the director, warrants formal action, the complaint shall not be resolved by a deferred settlement, action, judgment, or prosecution.
(6) If a person's registration is revoked under this section or surrendered in lieu of discipline, the person is ineligible to submit a new application for registration or register for two years after the date the registration is revoked.
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