2017 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Article 8 - Barbers and Cosmetologists
§ 12-8-108. Powers and duties of the director - advisory committee - rules

(1) The director has the following powers and duties:

(a) To promulgate, in accordance with article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., such rules and regulations as are necessary for the administration of this article;

(b) To revoke or suspend a license or registration pursuant to section 12-8-114.5, or to deny, fine, place on probation, or limit the scope of practice of an applicant, licensee, or registrant, upon proof of a violation of this article or the rules promulgated pursuant to this article;

(c) To prescribe, with the approval of the department of public health and environment, such safety and sanitary rules as the director may deem necessary to protect the health and safety of the public;

(d) To supervise and regulate the industries of barbering, hairstyling, and cosmetology and the practices of estheticians and nail technicians of this state in accordance with this article, but nothing contained in this article shall be construed to abrogate the status, force, or operation of any provisions of any public health law of this state or any local health ordinance or regulation;

(e) To establish criteria for applicant eligibility for examination and to establish procedures for the registration of places of business;

(f) (I) To investigate upon his or her own initiative or upon receiving a complaint all suspected or alleged violations of this article, unless the director or his or her designee determines that a complaint or alleged violation is without merit, and to enter premises in which violations are alleged to have occurred during business hours.

(II) 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 director.

(III) 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 board or 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.

(g) By and through the attorney general of this state, to apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for an order enjoining any act or practice which constitutes a violation of this article. Upon a showing to the satisfaction of the court that a person is engaging or intends to engage in any such act or practice, an injunction, temporary restraining order, or other appropriate order shall be granted by such court, regardless of the existence of another remedy therefor. The requirements for notice, hearing, duration of any injunction or temporary restraining order issued pursuant to this paragraph (g), or other similar matter shall be in accordance with the Colorado rules of civil procedure.

(h) (I) To send letters of admonition. 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, a letter of admonition may be issued and sent to the licensee or registrant.

(II) When a letter of admonition is sent by the director to a licensee or registrant, the licensee or registrant shall be advised that he or she 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.

(III) 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.

(i) To issue cease-and-desist orders pursuant to section 12-8-127.5;

(j) To issue confidential letters of concern. 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, the complaint should be dismissed, but the director has noticed indications of possible errant conduct by the licensee or registrant that could lead to serious consequences if not corrected, a confidential letter of concern may be issued and sent to the licensee or registrant.

(2) (a) The director shall appoint a six-member advisory committee to assist in the performance of the director's duties. The advisory committee consists of at least three licensees who have expertise in the area under review; one owner or operator of a school that provides training for licensees in the industry and is licensed by the division of private occupational schools; a representative from a Colorado licensed school that provides training for licensees in the industry; and a member of the public. Members of the advisory committee shall not be compensated for their services but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties under this article. The advisory committee shall meet at least once per year and prior to the adoption of rules, and at the request of the director.

(b) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2015.)

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