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H.B. 315





Chief Sponsor: Gordon E. Snow

Senate Sponsor: L. Alma Mansell

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions related to the Division of Real Estate's regulation of real
             10      estate issues.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    permits a member of the Real Estate Commission to serve two consecutive terms;
             14          .    modifies grounds for disciplinary action; and
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          61-2-5.5, as last amended by Chapters 199 and 257, Laws of Utah 2005
             23          61-2-11, as last amended by Chapter 199, Laws of Utah 2005
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 61-2-5.5 is amended to read:
             27           61-2-5.5. Real Estate Commission created -- Functions -- Appointment --

             28      Qualification and terms of members -- Expenses -- Meetings.
             29          (1) There is created within the division a Real Estate Commission. The commission
             30      shall:
             31          (a) make rules for the administration of this chapter that are not inconsistent with this
             32      chapter, including:
             33          (i) licensing of:
             34          (A) principal brokers;
             35          (B) associate brokers;
             36          (C) sales agents;
             37          (D) real estate companies; and
             38          (E) branch offices;
             39          (ii) prelicensing and postlicensing education curricula;
             40          (iii) examination procedures;
             41          (iv) the certification and conduct of:
             42          (A) real estate schools;
             43          (B) course providers; and
             44          (C) instructors;
             45          (v) proper handling of funds received by real estate licensees;
             46          (vi) brokerage office procedures and recordkeeping requirements;
             47          (vii) property management;
             48          (viii) standards of conduct for real estate licensees; and
             49          (ix) rules made under Section 61-2-26 regarding an undivided fractionalized long-term
             50      estate;
             51          (b) establish, with the concurrence of the division, all fees as provided in this chapter
             52      and Title 61, Chapter 2a, Real Estate Recovery Fund Act;
             53          (c) conduct all administrative hearings not delegated by the commission to an
             54      administrative law judge or the division relating to the:
             55          (i) licensing of any applicant;
             56          (ii) conduct of any licensee; or
             57          (iii) the certification or conduct of any real estate school, course provider, or instructor
             58      regulated under this chapter;

             59          (d) with the concurrence of the director, impose sanctions against licensees and
             60      certificate holders as provided in Section 61-2-11 ;
             61          (e) advise the director on the administration and enforcement of any matters affecting
             62      the division and the real estate sales and property management industries;
             63          (f) advise the director on matters affecting the division budget;
             64          (g) advise and assist the director in conducting real estate seminars; and
             65          (h) perform other duties as provided by:
             66          (i) this chapter; and
             67          (ii) Title 61, Chapter 2a, Real Estate Recovery Fund Act.
             68          (2) (a) The commission shall be comprised of five members appointed by the governor
             69      and approved by the Senate.
             70          (b) Four of the commission members shall:
             71          (i) have at least five years' experience in the real estate business; and
             72          (ii) hold an active principal broker, associate broker, or sales agent license.
             73          (c) One commission member shall be a member of the general public.
             74          (d) No more than one commission member may be appointed from any given county in
             75      the state.
             76          (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), as terms of current commission
             77      members expire, the governor shall appoint each new member or reappointed member to a
             78      four-year term ending June 30.
             79          (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the governor shall, at the
             80      time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
             81      commission members are staggered so that approximately half of the commission is appointed
             82      every two years.
             83          (c) Upon the expiration of the term of a member of the commission, the member of the
             84      commission shall continue to hold office until a successor is appointed and qualified.
             85          (d) A commission member may not serve more than [one] two consecutive [term]
             86      terms.
             87          (e) Members of the commission shall annually select one member to serve as chair.
             88          (4) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall be
             89      appointed for the unexpired term.

             90          (5) (a) A member shall receive no compensation or benefits for the member's services,
             91      but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official
             92      duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and
             93      63A-3-107 .
             94          (b) A member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for the member's service.
             95          (6) (a) The commission shall meet at least monthly.
             96          (b) The director may call additional meetings:
             97          (i) at the director's discretion;
             98          (ii) upon the request of the chair; or
             99          (iii) upon the written request of three or more commission members.
             100          (7) Three members of the commission constitute a quorum for the transaction of
             101      business.
             102          Section 2. Section 61-2-11 is amended to read:
             103           61-2-11. Investigations -- Subpoena power of division -- Grounds for disciplinary
             104      action.
             105          The division may investigate or cause to be investigated the actions of any principal
             106      broker, associate broker, sales agent, real estate school, course provider, or school instructor
             107      licensed or certified by this state, or of any applicant for licensure or certification, or of any
             108      person who acts in any of those capacities within this state. The division is empowered to
             109      subpoena witnesses, take evidence, and require by subpoena duces tecum the production of
             110      books, papers, contracts, records, other documents, or information considered relevant to the
             111      investigation. The division may serve subpoenas by certified mail. Each failure to respond to a
             112      subpoena is considered as a separate violation of this chapter. The commission, with the
             113      concurrence of the director, may impose a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $500 per
             114      violation, impose educational requirements, and suspend, revoke, place on probation, or deny
             115      renewal, reinstatement, or reissuance of any license or any certification if at any time the
             116      licensee or certificate holder, whether acting as an agent or on his own account, is found guilty
             117      of:
             118          (1) making any substantial misrepresentation;
             119          (2) making any false promises of a character likely to influence, persuade, or induce;
             120          (3) pursuing a continued and flagrant course of misrepresentation, or of making false

             121      promises through agents, sales agents, advertising, or otherwise;
             122          (4) acting for more than one party in a transaction without the informed consent of all
             123      parties;
             124          (5) (a) acting as an associate broker or sales agent while not licensed with a licensed
             125      principal broker;
             126          (b) representing or attempting to represent a broker other than the principal broker with
             127      whom the person is affiliated; or
             128          (c) representing as sales agent or having a contractual relationship similar to that of
             129      sales agent with other than a licensed principal broker;
             130          (6) (a) failing, within a reasonable time, to account for or to remit any monies coming
             131      into the person's possession that belong to others;
             132          (b) commingling the funds described in Subsection (6)(a) with the person's own; or
             133          (c) diverting the funds described in Subsection (6)(a) from the purpose for which they
             134      were received;
             135          (7) paying or offering to pay valuable consideration, as defined by the commission, to
             136      any person not licensed under this chapter, except that[: (a)] valuable consideration may be
             137      shared:
             138          (a) with a licensed principal broker of another jurisdiction; or
             139          (b) as provided under [the]:
             140          (i) Title 16, Chapter 10a, Utah Revised Business Corporation Act;
             141          (ii) Title 16, Chapter 11, Professional Corporation Act; or [the]
             142          (iii) Title 48, Chapter 2c, Utah Revised Limited Liability Company Act; [and]
             143          [(b) the valuable consideration to be paid to a licensee for the performance of any of
             144      the acts specified in this chapter may be paid by the licensee's principal broker to the licensee's
             145      Sub-Chapter S corporation;]
             146          (8) being unworthy or incompetent to act as a principal broker, associate broker, or
             147      sales agent in such manner as to safeguard the interests of the public;
             148          (9) failing to voluntarily furnish copies of all documents to all parties executing the
             149      documents;
             150          (10) failing to keep and make available for inspection by the division a record of each
             151      transaction, including:

             152          (a) the names of buyers and sellers or lessees and lessors;
             153          (b) the identification of the property;
             154          (c) the sale or rental price;
             155          (d) any monies received in trust;
             156          (e) any agreements or instructions from buyers and sellers or lessees and lessors; and
             157          (f) any other information required by rule;
             158          (11) failing to disclose, in writing, in the purchase, sale, or rental of property, whether
             159      the purchase, sale, or rental is made for himself or for an undisclosed principal;
             160          (12) regardless of whether the crime was related to real estate, being convicted of a
             161      criminal offense involving moral turpitude within five years of the most recent application,
             162      including a conviction based upon a plea of nolo contendere, or a plea held in abeyance to a
             163      criminal offense involving moral turpitude;
             164          (13) advertising the availability of real estate or the services of a licensee in a false,
             165      misleading, or deceptive manner;
             166          (14) in the case of a principal broker or a licensee who is a branch manager, failing to
             167      exercise reasonable supervision over the activities of the principal broker's or branch manager's
             168      licensees and any unlicensed staff;
             169          (15) violating or disregarding this chapter, an order of the commission, or the rules
             170      adopted by the commission and the division;
             171          (16) breaching a fiduciary duty owed by a licensee to the licensee's principal in a real
             172      estate transaction;
             173          (17) any other conduct which constitutes dishonest dealing;
             174          (18) unprofessional conduct as defined by statute or rule; or
             175          (19) suspension, revocation, surrender, or cancellation of a real estate license issued by
             176      another jurisdiction, or of another professional license issued by this or another jurisdiction,
             177      based on misconduct in a professional capacity that relates to character, honesty, integrity, or
             178      truthfulness.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-23-06 4:21 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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