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440.12 440.12 Credential denial, nonrenewal and revocation based on tax or unemployment insurance contribution delinquency. Notwithstanding any other provision of chs. 440 to 480 relating to issuance or renewal of a credential, the department shall deny an application for an initial credential or credential renewal or revoke a credential if any of the following applies:
440.12(1) (1) The department of revenue certifies under s. 73.0301 that the applicant or credential holder is liable for delinquent taxes.
440.12(2) (2) The department of workforce development certifies under s. 108.227 that the applicant or credential holder is liable for delinquent unemployment insurance contributions.
440.12 History History: 1997 a. 237; 2013 a. 36.
440.12 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 9, Wis. adm. code.
440.121 440.121 Credential denial, nonrenewal, and revocation based on incompetency. Notwithstanding any other provision of chs. 440 to 480 relating to issuance or renewal of a credential, the department shall deny an application for an initial credential or credential renewal or revoke a credential issued to an individual for whom the department receives a record of a declaration under s. 54.25 (2) (c) 1. d. stating that the individual is incompetent to apply for a credential under chs. 440 to 480.
440.121 History History: 2005 a. 387.
440.13 440.13 Delinquency in support payments; failure to comply with subpoena or warrant.
440.13(1) (1) In this section:
440.13(1)(b) (b) "Memorandum of understanding" means a memorandum of understanding entered into by the department of safety and professional services and the department of children and families under s. 49.857.
440.13(1)(c) (c) "Support" has the meaning given in s. 49.857 (1) (g).
440.13(2) (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of chs. 440 to 480 relating to issuance of an initial credential or credential renewal, as provided in the memorandum of understanding:
440.13(2)(a) (a) With respect to a credential granted by the department, the department shall restrict, limit, or suspend a credential or deny an application for an initial credential if the credential holder or applicant is delinquent in paying support or fails to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and related to support or paternity proceedings.
440.13(2)(b) (b) With respect to credential renewal, the department shall deny an application for renewal if the applicant is delinquent in paying support or fails to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and related to support or paternity proceedings.
440.13(2)(c) (c) With respect to a credential granted by a credentialing board, a credentialing board shall restrict, limit or suspend a credential held by a person or deny an application for an initial credential or for reinstatement of an inactive license under s. 452.12 (6) (e) when directed to do so by the department.
440.13 History History: 1997 a. 191, 237; 2007 a. 20; 2011 a. 32.
440.14 440.14 Nondisclosure of certain personal information.
440.14(1)(1) In this section:
440.14(1)(a) (a) "List" means information compiled or maintained by the department or a credentialing board that contains the personal identifiers of 10 or more individuals.
440.14(1)(b) (b) "Personal identifier" means a social security number, telephone number, street name and number, electronic mail address, or post-office box number.
440.14(2) (2) If a form that the department or a credentialing board requires an individual to complete in order to apply for a credential or credential renewal or to obtain a product or service from the department or the credentialing board requires the individual to provide any of the individual's personal identifiers, the form shall include a place for the individual to declare that the individual's personal identifiers obtained by the department or the credentialing board from the information on the form may not be disclosed on any list that the department or the credentialing board furnishes to another person.
440.14(3) (3) If the department or a credentialing board requires an individual to provide, by telephone or other electronic means, any of the individual's personal identifiers in order to apply for a credential or credential renewal or to obtain a product or service from the department or a credentialing board, the department or the credentialing board shall ask the individual at the time that the individual provides the information if the individual wants to declare that the individual's personal identifiers obtained by telephone or other electronic means may not be disclosed on any list that the department or the credentialing board furnishes to another person.
440.14(4) (4) The department or a credentialing board shall provide to an individual upon request a form that includes a place for the individual to declare that the individual's personal identifiers obtained by the department or credentialing board may not be disclosed on any list that the department or credentialing board furnishes to another person.
440.14(5) (5)
440.14(5)(a)(a) The department or a credentialing board may not disclose on any list that it furnishes to another person a personal identifier of any individual who has made a declaration under sub. (2), (3) or (4).
440.14(5)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a list that the department or a credentialing board furnishes to another state agency, a law enforcement agency or a federal governmental agency. In addition, par. (a) does not apply to a list that the department or the board of nursing furnishes to the coordinated licensure information system under s. 441.50 (7). A state agency that receives a list from the department or a credentialing board containing a personal identifier of any individual who has made a declaration under sub. (2), (3) or (4) may not disclose the personal identifier to any person other than a state agency, a law enforcement agency or a federal governmental agency.
440.14 History History: 1999 a. 88; 2001 a. 66; 2009 a. 388.
440.15 440.15 No fingerprinting. Except as provided under s. 440.03 (13) (c), the department or a credentialing board may not require that an applicant for a credential or a credential holder be fingerprinted or submit fingerprints in connection with the department's or the credentialing board's credentialing.
440.15 History History: 2011 a. 255.
440.19 440.19 Voluntary surrender of license, permit, or certificate. A person who holds a license, permit, or certificate of certification or registration issued under chs. 440 to 480 may voluntarily surrender that license, permit, or certificate of certification or registration. The department, examining board, affiliated credentialing board, or board of the department that issued the license, permit, or certificate of certification or registration may refuse to accept that surrender if a complaint has been filed or disciplinary proceeding has been commenced against the person under s. 440.20.
440.19 History History: 2011 a. 146.
440.20 440.20 Disciplinary proceedings.
440.20(1) (1) Any person may file a complaint before the department or any examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board in the department and request the department, examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board to commence disciplinary proceedings against any holder of a credential.
440.20(3) (3) The burden of proof in disciplinary proceedings before the department or any examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board in the department is a preponderance of the evidence.
440.20(4) (4) In addition to any grounds for discipline specified in chs. 440 to 480, the department or appropriate examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board in the department may reprimand the holder of a credential or deny, limit, suspend or revoke the credential of any person who intentionally violates s. 252.14 (2) or intentionally discloses the results of a blood test in violation of s. 252.15 (3m) (b) or (f) or (5m).
440.20(5) (5) In addition to any grounds for discipline specified in chs. 440 to 480, the department, or the appropriate credentialing board or other board in the department, may reprimand a credential holder, or may deny, limit, suspend, or revoke a credential, if the credential holder fails to respond, to the satisfaction of the department, credentialing board, or other board in the department, within 30 days to a request for information from the department, credentialing board, or other board in the department in connection with an investigation of alleged misconduct of the credential holder.
440.20 Annotation The constitutionality of sub. (3) is upheld. Gandhi v. Medical Examining Board, 168 Wis. 2d 299, 483 N.W.2d 295 (Ct. App. 1992).
440.20 Annotation A hearing is not required for a complaint filed under this section. 68 Atty. Gen. 30.
440.20 Annotation The "preponderance of the evidence" burden of proof under sub. (3) does not violate the due process rights of a licensee. 75 Atty. Gen. 76.
440.205 440.205 Administrative warnings. If the department or a board, examining board or affiliated credentialing board in the department determines during an investigation that there is evidence of misconduct by a credential holder, the department, board, examining board or affiliated credentialing board may close the investigation by issuing an administrative warning to the credential holder. The department or a board, examining board or affiliated credentialing board may issue an administrative warning under this section only if the department or board, examining board or affiliated credentialing board determines that no further action is warranted because the complaint involves a first occurrence of a minor violation and the issuance of an administrative warning adequately protects the public by putting the credential holder on notice that any subsequent violation may result in disciplinary action. If an administrative warning is issued, the credential holder may obtain a review of the administrative warning through a personal appearance before the department, board, examining board or affiliated credentialing board that issued the administrative warning. Administrative warnings do not constitute an adjudication of guilt or the imposition of discipline and may not be used as evidence that the credential holder is guilty of the alleged misconduct. However, if a subsequent allegation of misconduct by the credential holder is received by the department or a board, examining board or affiliated credentialing board in the department, the matter relating to the issuance of the administrative warning may be reopened and disciplinary proceedings may be commenced on the matter, or the administrative warning may be used in any subsequent disciplinary proceeding as evidence that the credential holder had actual knowledge that the misconduct that was the basis for the administrative warning was contrary to law. The record that an administrative warning was issued shall be a public record. The contents of the administrative warning shall be private and confidential. The department shall promulgate rules establishing uniform procedures for the issuance and use of administrative warnings.
440.205 History History: 1997 a. 139.
440.205 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 8, Wis. adm. code.
440.21 440.21 Enforcement of laws requiring credential.
440.21(1)(1) The department may conduct investigations, hold hearings and make findings as to whether a person has engaged in a practice or used a title without a credential required under chs. 440 to 480.
440.21(2) (2) If, after holding a public hearing, the department determines that a person has engaged in a practice or used a title without a credential required under chs. 440 to 480, the department may issue a special order enjoining the person from the continuation of the practice or use of the title.
440.21(3) (3) In lieu of holding a public hearing, if the department has reason to believe that a person has engaged in a practice or used a title without a credential required under chs. 440 to 480, the department may petition the circuit court for a temporary restraining order or an injunction as provided in ch. 813.
440.21(4) (4)
440.21(4)(a)(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of chs. 440 to 480 relating to fines, forfeitures, or imprisonment, any person who violates a special order issued under sub. (2) may be required to forfeit not more than $10,000 for each offense. Each day of continued violation constitutes a separate offense. The attorney general or any district attorney may commence an action in the name of the state to recover a forfeiture under this paragraph.
440.21(4)(b) (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of chs. 440 to 480 relating to fines, forfeitures, or imprisonment, any person who violates a temporary restraining order or an injunction issued by a court upon a petition under sub. (3) may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than one year in the county jail or both.
440.21 History History: 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 102; 2011 a. 146.
440.21 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 3, Wis. adm. code.
440.22 440.22 Assessment of costs.
440.22(1)(1) In this section, "costs of the proceeding" means the compensation and reasonable expenses of hearing examiners and of prosecuting attorneys for the department, examining board or affiliated credentialing board, a reasonable disbursement for the service of process or other papers, amounts actually paid out for certified copies of records in any public office, postage, telephoning, adverse examinations and depositions and copies, expert witness fees, witness fees and expenses, compensation and reasonable expenses of experts and investigators, and compensation and expenses of a reporter for recording and transcribing testimony.
440.22(2) (2) In any disciplinary proceeding against a holder of a credential in which the department or an examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board in the department orders suspension, limitation or revocation of the credential or reprimands the holder, the department, examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board may, in addition to imposing discipline, assess all or part of the costs of the proceeding against the holder. Costs assessed under this subsection are payable to the department. Interest shall accrue on costs assessed under this subsection at a rate of 12% per year beginning on the date that payment of the costs are due as ordered by the department, examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board. Upon the request of the department of safety and professional services, the department of justice may commence an action to recover costs assessed under this subsection and any accrued interest.
440.22(3) (3) In addition to any other discipline imposed, if the department, examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board assesses costs of the proceeding to the holder of the credential under sub. (2), the department, examining board, affiliated credentialing board or board may not restore, renew or otherwise issue any credential to the holder until the holder has made payment to the department under sub. (2) in the full amount assessed, together with any accrued interest.
440.23 440.23 Cancellation of credential; reinstatement.
440.23(1)(1) If the holder of a credential pays a fee required under s. 440.05 (1) or (6), 440.08, 444.03, or 444.11 by check or debit or credit card and the check is not paid by the financial institution upon which the check is drawn or if the demand for payment under the debit or credit card transaction is not paid by the financial institution upon which demand is made, the department may cancel the credential on or after the 60th day after the department receives the notice from the financial institution, subject to sub. (2).
440.23(2) (2) At least 20 days before canceling a credential, the department shall mail a notice to the holder of the credential that informs the holder that the check or demand for payment under the debit or credit card transaction was not paid by the financial institution and that the holder's credential may be canceled on the date determined under sub. (1) unless the holder does all of the following before that date:
440.23(2)(a) (a) Pays the fee for which the unpaid check or demand for payment under the credit or debit card transaction was issued.
440.23(2)(b) (b) If the fee paid under par. (a) is for renewal and the credential has expired, pays the applicable penalty for late renewal specified in s. 440.08 (3).
440.23(2)(c) (c) Pays the charge for an unpaid draft established by the depository selection board under s. 20.905 (2).
440.23(3) (3) Nothing in sub. (1) or (2) prohibits the department from extending the date for cancellation to allow the holder additional time to comply with sub. (2) (a) to (c).
440.23(4) (4) A cancellation of a credential under this section completely terminates the credential and all rights, privileges and authority previously conferred by the credential.
440.23(5) (5) The department may reinstate a credential that has been canceled under this section only if the previous holder complies with sub. (2) (a) to (c) and pays a $30 reinstatement fee.
440.25 440.25 Judicial review. The department may seek judicial review under ch. 227 of any final disciplinary decision of the medical examining board or affiliated credentialing board attached to the medical examining board. The department shall be represented in such review proceedings by an attorney within the department. Upon request of the medical examining board or the interested affiliated credentialing board, the attorney general may represent the board. If the attorney general declines to represent the board, the board may retain special counsel which shall be paid for out of the appropriation under s. 20.165 (1) (hg).
440.25 History History: 1985 a. 340; 1993 a. 107; 2009 a. 28.
subch. II of ch. 440 SUBCHAPTER II
PRIVATE DETECTIVES, PRIVATE SECURITY PERSONS
440.26 440.26 Private detectives, investigators and security personnel; licenses and permits.
440.26(1) (1) License or permit required.
440.26(1)(a)(a) No person may do any of the following unless he or she has a license or permit issued under this section:
440.26(1)(a)1. 1. Advertise, solicit or engage in the business of operating a private detective agency.
440.26(1)(a)2. 2. Act as a private detective, investigator, special investigator or private security person.
440.26(1)(a)3. 3. Act as a supplier of private security personnel.
440.26(1)(a)4. 4. Solicit business or perform any other type of service or investigation as a private detective or private security person.
440.26(1)(a)11. 11. Receive any fees or compensation for acting as any person, engaging in any business or performing any service specified in subds. 1. to 4.
440.26(1)(b) (b) The department may promulgate rules specifying activities in which a person may engage without obtaining a license or permit under this section.
440.26(1m) (1m)Definition. In this section:
440.26(1m)(h) (h) "Private security person" or "private security personnel" means any private police, guard or any person who stands watch for security purposes.
440.26(2) (2)Types of licenses; application; approval.
440.26(2)(a)(a) Types of licenses. The department may do any of the following:
440.26(2)(a)1. 1. Issue a private detective agency license to an individual, partnership, limited liability company or corporation that meets the qualifications specified under par. (c). The department may not issue a license under this subdivision unless the individual or each member of the partnership or limited liability company or officer or director of the corporation who is actually engaged in the work of a private detective is issued a private detective license under this section.
440.26(2)(a)2. 2. Issue a private detective license to an individual who meets the qualifications specified under par. (c) if the individual is an owner, co-owner or employee of a private detective agency required to be licensed under this section.
440.26(2)(b) (b) Applications. The department shall prescribe forms for original and renewal applications. A partnership or limited liability company application shall be executed by all members of the partnership or limited liability company. A corporate application shall be executed by the secretary and the president or vice president and, in addition, in the case of a foreign corporation, by the registered agent.
440.26(2)(c) (c) Approval.
440.26(2)(c)1.1. Subject to subds. 2. and 3., the department shall prescribe, by rule, such qualifications as it deems appropriate, with due regard to investigative experience, special professional education and training and other factors bearing on professional competence.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)