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§60-3A-26. Civil penalties.

(a) Any retail licensee who violates any provision of this article or any rule promulgated by the board or commissioner, may be assessed a civil penalty by the commissioner which penalty shall not be more than $1,000 for each such violation. Each violation shall constitute a separate offense. In determining the amount of the penalty, the commissioner shall consider the retail licensee's history of previous violations, the appropriateness of such penalty to the size of the business of the retail licensee charged, the gravity of the violation and the demonstrated good faith of the retail licensee charged in attempting to achieve rapid compliance after notification of a violation.

(b) A civil penalty shall be assessed by the commissioner only after the commissioner shall have given at least ten days' notice to the retail licensee. Notice shall be in writing, shall state the reason for the proposed civil penalty and the amount thereof, and shall designate a time and place for a hearing where the retail licensee may show cause why the civil penalty should not be imposed. Notice shall be sent by certified mail to the address for which the retail license was issued. The retail licensee may, at the time designated for the hearing, produce evidence in his or her behalf and be represented by counsel.

(c) The provisions of subsections (b), (c), (d) and (e) of section twenty-eight of this article are applicable to any such hearing and with respect to judicial review thereafter.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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