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Debenture companiesNotice of chargesHearingCease and desist orders.

(1) The director may issue and serve upon a debenture company a notice of charges if in the opinion of the director any debenture company:
(a) Is engaging or has engaged in an unsafe or unsound practice in conducting the business of the debenture company;
(b) Is violating or has violated RCW 21.20.815, 21.20.820, or 21.20.830, or any rule, order, or condition adopted or imposed thereunder; or
(c) Is about to do the acts prohibited in (a) or (b) of this subsection when the opinion that the threat exists is based upon reasonable cause.
(2) The notice shall contain a statement of the facts constituting the alleged violation or violations or act or acts or the practice or practices and shall fix a time and place at which a hearing will be held to determine whether an order to cease and desist should issue against the debenture company. The hearing shall be set in accordance with chapter 34.05 RCW.
Unless the debenture company appears at the hearing by a duly authorized representative, it shall be considered to have consented to the issuance of the cease and desist order. If the debenture company is deemed to have consented or if upon the record made at the hearing the director finds that any violation, act, or practice specified in the notice of charges has been established, the director may issue and serve upon the debenture company an order to cease and desist from the violation, act, or practice. The order may require the debenture company and its directors, officers, controlling persons, employees, and agents to cease and desist from the violation, act, or practice and may require the debenture company to take affirmative action to correct the conditions resulting from the violation, act, or practice.
(3) A cease and desist order shall become effective at the expiration of ten days after the service of the order upon the debenture company concerned except that a cease and desist order issued upon consent shall become effective at the time specified in the order and shall remain effective as provided therein unless it is stayed, modified, terminated, or set aside by action of the director or a reviewing court.

NOTES:

SeverabilityEffective dateImplementationApplication1988 c 244: See notes following RCW 21.20.700.
Effective dateApplicationSeverability1987 c 421: See notes following RCW 21.20.705.
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