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An Act To Amend and Clarify the Maine Uniform Securities Act

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §16409,  as enacted by PL 2005, c. 65, Pt. A, §2, is amended to read:

§ 16409. Withdrawal or nonrenewal of licensing of broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser and investment adviser representative

Withdrawal of licensing by a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser or investment adviser representative becomes effective 60 days after the filing of the application to withdraw or within any shorter period authorized by the administrator, unless a revocation or suspension proceeding is pending when the application is filed. If a proceeding is pending, the administrator shall make a determination with respect to the withdrawal application as part of the proceeding. The administrator may institute a revocation or suspension proceeding under section 16412 within one year after the withdrawal became effective automatically or within one year of a license's becoming ineffective due to nonrenewal under section 16406 and issue a revocation or suspension order as of the last date on which licensing was effective.

Sec. 2. 32 MRSA §16508, sub-§1,  as enacted by PL 2005, c. 65, Pt. A, §2, is amended to read:

1. Criminal penalties.   A person that intentionally or knowingly violates this chapter, or a rule adopted or order issued under this chapter, except section 16504 or the notice filing requirements of section 16302 or 16405, or that intentionally or knowingly violates section 16505 knowing the statement made to be false or misleading in a material respect, upon conviction, commits a Class C crime. In any prosecution under this section, the State need not prove that the defendant knew that any instrument involved was a security, that any instrument was required to be registered under section 16301 or that any license was required under sections 16401 to 16404. An individual convicted of violating a rule or order under this chapter may be fined, but may not be imprisoned, if the individual did not have knowledge of the rule or order.

Sec. 3. 32 MRSA §16604, sub-§4,  as amended by PL 2011, c. 37, §3, is further amended to read:

4. Civil fine; final orders and remedies.   In a final order under subsection 3, the administrator may: order remedies described in subsection 1; censure that person; bar that person from association with any issuer, broker-dealer or investment adviser in this State; order restitution; or impose a civil fine not to exceed $5,000 per violation. For a violation involving an investor 65 years of age or older, the amount of the civil fine may be doubled to an amount not to exceed a maximum of $10,000 per violation.

Effective 90 days following adjournment of the 126th Legislature, First Regular Session, unless otherwise indicated.

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