2017 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
General
Article 10 - Boxing
§ 12-10-107.1. Grounds for discipline

(1) The director may deny, suspend, revoke, place on probation, or issue a letter of admonition against a license or an application for a license if the applicant or licensee:

(a) Violates any order of the commission or the director or any provision of this article or the rules established under this article;

(b) Fails to meet the requirements of this article or the rules of the commission;

(c) 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;

(d) Has an alcohol use disorder, as defined in section 27-81-102, or a substance use disorder, as defined in section 27-82-102, or is an excessive or a habitual user or abuser of alcohol or habit-forming drugs or is a habitual user of a controlled substance, as defined in section 18-18-102 (5), if the use, addiction, or dependency is a danger to other licensees;

(e) Has incurred disciplinary action related to professional boxing in another jurisdiction. Evidence of disciplinary action is prima facie evidence for denial of a license or other disciplinary action if the violation would be grounds for disciplinary action in this state.

(f) Provides false information in any application or attempts to obtain a license by fraud, deception, misrepresentation, or concealment;

(g) Is guilty of conduct, or is incompetent or negligent in a manner, that:

(I) Is detrimental to a contest or exhibition of boxing, including unsportsmanlike conduct engaged in before, during, or after a contest or exhibition of boxing; or

(II) Results in injury, or creates an unreasonable risk of harm, to a person; or

(h) Fails to comply with a limitation, restriction, or condition that the director or any other state or national regulatory authority responsible for regulating boxing places on the licensee or applicant.

(2) (a) Any proceeding to deny, suspend, revoke, or place on probation a license shall be conducted pursuant to sections 24-4-104 and 24-4-105, C.R.S.

(b) Upon completing an investigation, the director shall make one of the following findings:

(I) The complaint is without merit and no further action need be taken.

(II) There is no reasonable cause to warrant further action.

(III) The investigation discloses an instance of conduct that does not warrant formal action and should be dismissed, but the director notices indications of possible errant conduct that could lead to serious consequences if not corrected. If this finding is made, the director shall send a confidential letter of concern to the licensee.

(IV) The investigation discloses an instance of conduct that does not warrant formal action but should not be dismissed as being without merit. If this finding is made, the director may send a letter of admonition to the licensee by certified mail.

(V) The investigation discloses facts that warrant further proceedings by formal complaint. If this finding is made, the director shall refer the complaint to the attorney general for preparation and filing of a formal complaint.

(c) (I) The director shall send a letter of admonition by first-class mail to a licensee and shall include in the letter a notice that the licensee 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.

(II) If the request for adjudication is timely made, the letter of admonition is vacated and the director shall proceed by means of formal disciplinary proceedings.

(d) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2010, (HB 10-1245), ch. 131, p. 435, § 10, effective July 1, 2010.)

(e) The director shall conduct all proceedings pursuant to this subsection (2) expeditiously and informally so that no licensee is subjected to unfair and unjust charges and that no complainant is deprived of the right to a timely, fair, and proper investigation of a complaint.

(3) (a) The director or an administrative law judge shall have the power to administer oaths, take affirmations of witnesses, and issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of all relevant papers, books, records, documentary evidence, and materials in any hearing, investigation, accusation, or other matter coming before the director pursuant to this article. The director may appoint an administrative law judge pursuant to part 10 of article 30 of title 24, C.R.S., to take evidence and to make findings and report them to the commission or the director.

(b) Upon failure of any witness to comply with such subpoena or process, the district court of the county in which the subpoenaed person or licensee resides or conducts business, upon application by the director with notice to the subpoenaed person or licensee, may issue to the person or licensee an order requiring that person or licensee to appear before the director; to produce the relevant papers, books, records, documentary evidence, or materials if so ordered; or to give evidence touching the matter under investigation or in question. Failure to obey the order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt of court.

(4) 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.

(5) (a) If it appears to the director, based upon credible evidence as presented in a written complaint by any person, that a licensee is acting in a manner that is an imminent threat to the health and safety of the public or a person is acting or has acted without the required license, the director may issue an order to cease and desist such activity. The order shall set forth the statutes and rules alleged to have been violated, the facts alleged to have constituted the violation, and the requirement that all unlawful acts or unlicensed practices immediately cease.

(b) Within ten days after service of the order to cease and desist pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (5), the respondent may request a hearing on the question of whether acts or practices in violation of this article have occurred. Such hearing shall be conducted pursuant to sections 24-4-104 and 24-4-105, C.R.S.

(6) (a) If it appears to the director, based upon credible evidence as presented in a written complaint by any person, that a person has violated any other portion of this article, then, in addition to any specific powers granted pursuant to this article, the director may issue to such person an order to show cause as to why the director should not issue a final order directing such person to cease and desist from the unlawful act or unlicensed practice.

(b) A person against whom an order to show cause has been issued pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (6) shall be promptly notified by the director of the issuance of the order, along with a copy of the order, the factual and legal basis for the order, and the date set by the director for a hearing on the order. Such notice may be served by personal service, by first-class United States mail, postage prepaid, or as may be practicable upon any person against whom such order is issued. Personal service or mailing of an order or document pursuant to this subsection (6) shall constitute notice thereof to the person.

(c) (I) The hearing on an order to show cause shall be commenced no sooner than ten and no later than forty-five calendar days after the date of transmission or service of the notification by the director as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection (6). The hearing may be continued by agreement of all parties based upon the complexity of the matter, number of parties to the matter, and legal issues presented in the matter, but in no event shall the hearing commence later than sixty calendar days after the date of transmission or service of the notification.

(II) If a person against whom an order to show cause has been issued pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (6) does not appear at the hearing, the director may present evidence that notification was properly sent or served upon such person pursuant to paragraph (b) of this subsection (6) and such other evidence related to the matter as the director deems appropriate. The director shall issue the order within ten days after the director's determination related to reasonable attempts to notify the respondent, and the order shall become final as to that person by operation of law. Such hearing shall be conducted pursuant to sections 24-4-104 and 24-4-105, C.R.S.

(III) If the director reasonably finds that the person against whom the order to show cause was issued is acting or has acted without the required license or has or is about to engage in acts or practices constituting violations of this article, a final cease-and-desist order may be issued directing such person to cease and desist from further unlawful acts or unlicensed practices.

(IV) The director shall provide notice, in the manner set forth in paragraph (b) of this subsection (6), of the final cease-and-desist order within ten calendar days after the hearing conducted pursuant to this paragraph (c) to each person against whom the final order has been issued. The final order issued pursuant to subparagraph (III) of this paragraph (c) shall be effective when issued and shall be a final order for purposes of judicial review.

(7) If it appears to the director, based upon credible evidence presented to the director, that a person has engaged in or is about to engage in any unlicensed act or practice, any act or practice constituting a violation of this article, any rule promulgated pursuant to this article, any order issued pursuant to this article, or any act or practice constituting grounds for administrative sanction pursuant to this article, the director may enter into a stipulation with such person.

(8) If any person fails to comply with a final cease-and-desist order or a stipulation, the director may request the attorney general or the district attorney for the judicial district in which the alleged violation exists to bring, and if so requested such attorney shall bring, suit for a temporary restraining order and for injunctive relief to prevent any further or continued violation of the final order.

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