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H.B. 83

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SECURITIES AMENDMENTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Jim Bird

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Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. VanTassell

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions addressing certain securities related disciplinary
             10      proceedings.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides a process for nondepartmental hearing officers outside the Department of
             14      Commerce to conduct certain securities related proceedings; and
             15          .    makes technical and conforming amendments.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          61-1-6, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 36
             23          61-1-12, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 133
             24          61-1-14, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 160
             25          61-1-15.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 160
             26          61-1-18.3, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1983, Chapter 284
             27          61-1-18.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 176


             28          61-1-18.6, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1987, Chapter 161
             29          61-1-18.7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 256
             30          61-1-19, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 133
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 61-1-6 is amended to read:
             34           61-1-6. Denial, suspension, revocation, cancellation, or withdrawal of license --
             35      Sanctions.
             36          (1) Subject to the requirements of [Subsections (2) and (3)] this section, the director,
             37      by means of adjudicative proceedings conducted in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46b,
             38      Administrative Procedures Act, may issue an order:
             39          (a) denying, suspending, or revoking [any] a license;
             40          (b) barring or censuring [any] a licensee or any officer, director, partner, or person
             41      occupying a similar status or performing similar functions for a licensee from employment with
             42      a licensed broker-dealer or investment adviser;
             43          (c) restricting or limiting a licensee as to any function or activity of the business for
             44      which a license is required in this state;
             45          (d) imposing a fine; or
             46          (e) taking any combination of actions under Subsections (1)(a) through (d).
             47          (2) (a) The director may [impose the sanctions] take an action described in Subsection
             48      (1) if the director finds that:
             49          (i) it is in the public interest; and [finds, with respect to the]
             50          (ii) one of the following engaged in an act described in Subsection (2)(b):
             51          (A) a person who is an applicant [or];
             52          (B) a person who is a licensee [or, in the case of a broker-dealer or investment adviser,
             53      any];
             54          (C) a person who is a partner, officer, or director[, or any] of a broker-dealer or
             55      investment adviser;
             56          (D) a person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions[, or any] to a
             57      partner, officer, or director of a broker-dealer or investment adviser; or
             58          (E) a person directly or indirectly controlling the broker-dealer or investment adviser[,


             59      that the person:].
             60          (b) This Subsection (2) requires the director to find that a person described in
             61      Subsection (2)(a)(ii):
             62          [(a)] (i) has filed an application for a license that, as of [its] the effective date of the
             63      application or as of any date after filing in the case of an order denying effectiveness[,]:
             64          (A) was incomplete in any material respect; or
             65          (B) contained any statement that was, in light of the circumstances under which [it] the
             66      statement was made, false or misleading with respect to any material fact;
             67          [(b)] (ii) has willfully violated or willfully failed to comply with any provision of this
             68      chapter or a predecessor act or any rule or order under this chapter or a predecessor act;
             69          [(c)] (iii) was convicted, within the past ten years, of:
             70          (A) any misdemeanor involving a security or any aspect of the securities business[,]; or
             71          (B) any felony;
             72          [(d)] (iv) is permanently or temporarily enjoined by any court of competent jurisdiction
             73      from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice involving any aspect of the securities
             74      business;
             75          [(e)] (v) is the subject of an order of the director [or any predecessor] denying,
             76      suspending, or revoking a license as:
             77          (A) a broker-dealer[,];
             78          (B) an agent[,];
             79          (C) an investment adviser[,]; or
             80          (D) an investment adviser representative;
             81          [(f)] (vi) is the subject of:
             82          [(i)] (A) an adjudication or determination, within the past five years by a securities or
             83      commodities agency or administrator of another state, Canadian province or territory, or a court
             84      of competent jurisdiction that the person has willfully violated:
             85          (I) the Securities Act of 1933[,];
             86          (II) the Securities Exchange Act of 1934[,];
             87          (III) the Investment Advisers Act of 1940[,];
             88          (IV) the Investment Company Act of 1940[,];
             89          (V) the Commodity Exchange Act[,]; or


             90          (VI) the securities or commodities law of any other state; or
             91          [(ii)] (B) subject to Subsection (2)(c), an order:
             92          (I) entered within the past five years by the securities administrator of any state or
             93      Canadian province or territory or by the Securities and Exchange Commission denying or
             94      revoking license as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, or investment adviser
             95      representative or the substantial equivalent of those terms [or is the subject of an order];
             96          (II) of the Securities and Exchange Commission suspending or expelling the person
             97      from a national securities exchange or national securities association registered under the
             98      Securities Exchange Act of 1934[,]; or [is the subject of]
             99          (III) that is a United States post office fraud order; [except that]
             100          [(iii) the division may not commence agency action to revoke or suspend any license
             101      under Subsection (2)(f) more than one year from the date of the order relied on, and the director
             102      may not enter an order under Subsection (2)(f) on the basis of an order under another state's
             103      law unless that order was based on facts that would currently constitute a ground for an agency
             104      action under this section;]
             105          [(g)] (vii) has engaged in dishonest or unethical practices in the securities business;
             106          [(h)] (viii) is insolvent, either in the sense that liabilities exceed assets or in the sense
             107      that obligations cannot be met as they mature, except that the director may not enter an order
             108      against a broker-dealer or investment adviser under this Subsection (2)[(h)] (b)(viii) without a
             109      finding of insolvency as to the broker-dealer or investment adviser;
             110          [(i)] (ix) is not qualified on the basis of the lack of training, experience, and knowledge
             111      of the securities business, except as otherwise provided in Subsection (6);
             112          [(j)] (x) has failed reasonably to supervise [his] that person's:
             113          (A) agents or employees if the person is a broker-dealer[,]; or [his]
             114          (B) investment adviser representatives or employees if the person is an investment
             115      adviser; or
             116          [(k) has failed] (xi) fails to pay the proper filing fee within 30 days after being notified
             117      by the division of a deficiency.
             118          (c) (i) The division may not commence agency action to revoke or suspend a license
             119      under Subsection (2)(b)(vi) more than one year from the day on which the order on which the
             120      division relies is entered.


             121          (ii) An order may not be entered under Subsection (2)(b)(vi) on the basis of an order
             122      under another state's law unless that order is issued on the basis of facts that would constitute a
             123      ground for an agency action under this section on the day on which the notice of agency action
             124      is filed.
             125          (3) (a) [Before the director may issue an] An order issued by the director under
             126      Subsection (1) that does the following is subject to Subsection (3)(b):
             127          (i) revokes any license;
             128          (ii) bars or censures any licensee or any officer, director, partner, or person occupying a
             129      similar status or performing similar functions for a licensee from employment with a licensed
             130      broker-dealer or investment adviser; or
             131          (iii) imposes a fine[,].
             132          (b) Before the director may issue an order described in Subsection (3)(a), the Securities
             133      [Advisory] Board shall:
             134          [(a)] (i) review the order; and
             135          [(b)] (ii) if a majority of the Securities [Advisory] Board approves the order, authorize
             136      the director to issue [it] the order.
             137          (4) The division may enter a denial order under Subsection (2)[(j) or (k)] (b)(x) or (xi),
             138      but shall vacate the order when the deficiency [has been] is corrected.
             139          (5) The division may not institute a suspension or revocation proceeding on the basis
             140      of a fact or transaction known to [it] the division when the license became effective unless the
             141      proceeding is instituted within [the next] 120 days of the day on which the license takes effect.
             142          (6) The following provisions govern the application of Subsection (2)[(i)] (b)(ix):
             143          (a) The director may not enter an order against a broker-dealer on the basis of the lack
             144      of qualification of any person other than:
             145          (i) the broker-dealer [himself] if [he] the broker-dealer is an individual; or
             146          (ii) an agent of the broker-dealer.
             147          (b) The director may not enter an order against an investment adviser on the basis of
             148      the lack of qualification of any person other than:
             149          (i) the investment adviser [himself] if [he] the investment adviser is an individual; or
             150          (ii) an investment adviser representative.
             151          (c) The director may not enter an order solely on the basis of lack of experience if the


             152      applicant or licensee is qualified by training or knowledge.
             153          (d) The director shall consider that:
             154          (i) an agent who will work under the supervision of a licensed broker-dealer need not
             155      have the same qualifications as a broker-dealer; and [that]
             156          (ii) an investment adviser representative who will work under the supervision of a
             157      licensed investment adviser need not have the same qualifications as an investment adviser.
             158          (e) (i) The director shall consider that an investment adviser is not necessarily qualified
             159      solely on the basis of experience as a broker-dealer or agent.
             160          (ii) When the director finds that an applicant for a license as a broker-dealer is not
             161      qualified as an investment adviser, the director may condition the applicant's license as a
             162      broker-dealer upon the applicant's not transacting business in this state as an investment
             163      adviser.
             164          (f) (i) The division may by rule provide for examinations, which may be written or oral
             165      or both, to be taken by any class of or all applicants.
             166          (ii) The division may by rule or order waive the examination requirement as to a person
             167      or class of persons if the division determines that the examination is not necessary for the
             168      protection of investors.
             169          (7) If the director finds that any licensee or applicant for a license is no longer in
             170      existence, has ceased to do business as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, or
             171      investment adviser representative, or is subject to an adjudication of mental incompetence or to
             172      the control of a committee, conservator, or guardian, or cannot be located after reasonable
             173      search, the division may summarily cancel or deny the license or application according to the
             174      procedures and requirements of Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act.
             175          (8) (a) Withdrawal from license as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, or
             176      investment adviser representative becomes effective 30 days after receipt of an application to
             177      withdraw or within a shorter period of time as determined by the director, unless:
             178          (i) a revocation or suspension proceeding is pending when the application is filed;
             179          (ii) a proceeding to revoke or suspend or to impose conditions upon the withdrawal is
             180      instituted within 30 days after the application is filed; or
             181          (iii) additional information is requested by the division regarding the withdrawal
             182      application.


             183          (b) (i) If a proceeding described in Subsection (8)(a) is pending or instituted, the
             184      director shall designate by order when and under what conditions the withdrawal becomes
             185      effective.
             186          (ii) If additional information is requested, withdrawal is effective 30 days after the
             187      additional information is filed.
             188          (c) (i) If no proceeding is pending or instituted, and withdrawal automatically becomes
             189      effective, the director may initiate a revocation or suspension proceeding under this section
             190      within one year after withdrawal [became] becomes effective.
             191          (ii) The director shall enter any order under Subsection (2)(b) as of the last date on
             192      which the license was effective.
             193          (9) (a) As used in this Subsection (9):
             194          (i) "Board" means the Securities Board.
             195          (ii) "Department" means the Department of Commerce.
             196          (iii) "Nondepartmental hearing officer" means an individual appointed by the division
             197      in accordance with this Subsection (9).
             198          (iv) "Proceeding" means:
             199          (A) an adjudicative proceeding brought under this section; or
             200          (B) a proceeding conducted under Subsection 61-1-20 (1) for an action against a
             201      licensee.
             202          (b) (i) In a proceeding, a person who is the subject of the proceeding may make a
             203      motion to the board requesting that a nondepartmental hearing officer be appointed to conduct
             204      the proceeding in accordance with this section.
             205          (ii) The person described in Subsection (9)(b)(i) shall make the motion by filing with
             206      the division a written filing that includes:
             207          (A) the name of the person;
             208          (B) the proceeding for which the person is requesting the appointment of a
             209      nondepartmental hearing officer; and
             210          (C) support for the person's belief that there is a reasonable likelihood or potential that
             211      without the appointment of a nondepartmental hearing officer, the proceeding could be biased.
             212          (c) The board shall approve the appointment of a nondepartmental hearing officer if the
             213      board finds that:


             214          (i) the person requesting the appointment of a nondepartmental hearing officer
             215      complies with Subsection (9)(b);
             216          (ii) there is a reasonable basis for the person's belief that without the appointment of a
             217      nondepartmental hearing officer, the proceeding could be biased; and
             218          (iii) the request for the appointment of a nondepartmental hearing officer is not made
             219      in bad faith, including the motion not being filed to:
             220          (A) harass;
             221          (B) cause unnecessary delay; or
             222          (C) cause needless increase in the cost of proceeding.
             223          (d) If the board approves the appointment of a nondepartmental hearing officer, the
             224      division shall appoint a nondepartmental hearing officer:
             225          (i) before the division takes any further action with regard to the proceeding;
             226          (ii) subject to the approval of the appointment by the board in accordance with a
             227      procedure established by the division with the concurrence of the board; and
             228          (iii) who is an individual who:
             229          (A) is not an employee of the department;
             230          (B) does not represent the:
             231          (I) department as an attorney general or assistant attorney general; or
             232          (II) division in accordance with Section 61-1-21.5 ; and
             233          (C) unless agreed to in writing by the person requesting the nondepartmental hearing
             234      officer, has never:
             235          (I) been employed by the department; or
             236          (II) represented the:
             237          (Aa) department as an attorney general or an assistant attorney general; or
             238          (Bb) division in accordance with Section 61-1-21.5 .
             239          (e) A nondepartmental hearing officer appointed under this Subsection (9):
             240          (i) conducts a proceeding on behalf of the director; and
             241          (ii) shall submit to the director a report including:
             242          (A) findings of fact;
             243          (B) conclusions of law; and
             244          (C) a recommended order.


             245          (f) A decision of the board under this Subsection (9) may be appealed under this
             246      chapter and Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act, only as part of an appeal of
             247      an order issued by the director:
             248          (i) under Subsection (1); or
             249          (ii) to impose a sanction under Section 61-1-20 against a licensee.
             250          Section 2. Section 61-1-12 is amended to read:
             251           61-1-12. Denial, suspension, and revocation of registration.
             252          (1) Upon approval by a majority of the Securities [Advisory] Board, the director, by
             253      means of adjudicative proceedings conducted in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46b, [the]
             254      Administrative Procedures Act, may issue a stop order that denies effectiveness to, or suspends
             255      or revokes the effectiveness of, any securities registration statement and may impose a fine if
             256      [he] the director finds that the order is in the public interest and that:
             257          (a) the registration statement, as of its effective date or as of any earlier date in the case
             258      of an order denying effectiveness, or any amendment under Subsection 61-1-11 (10) as of its
             259      effective date, or any report under Subsection 61-1-11 (9), is incomplete in any material respect,
             260      or contains any statement that was, in the light of the circumstances under which it was made,
             261      false or misleading with respect to any material fact;
             262          (b) any provision of this chapter, or any rule, order, or condition lawfully imposed
             263      under this chapter, has been willfully violated, in connection with the offering, by:
             264          (i) the person filing the registration statement;
             265          (ii) the issuer, any partner, officer, or director of the issuer, any person occupying a
             266      similar status or performing similar functions, or any person directly or indirectly controlling or
             267      controlled by the issuer, but only if the person filing the registration statement is directly or
             268      indirectly controlled by or acting for the issuer; or
             269          (iii) any underwriter;
             270          (c) subject to Subsection (5), the security registered or sought to be registered is the
             271      subject of an administrative stop order or similar order, or a permanent or temporary injunction
             272      of any court of competent jurisdiction entered under any other federal or state act applicable to
             273      the offering; [except that the division may not commence agency action against an effective
             274      registration statement under this subsection more than one year from the date of the order or
             275      injunction relied on, and it may not enter an order under this subsection on the basis of an order


             276      or injunction entered under the securities act of any other state unless that order or injunction
             277      was based on facts that would currently constitute a ground for a stop order under this section;]
             278          (d) the issuer's enterprise or method of business includes or would include activities
             279      that are illegal where performed;
             280          (e) the offering [has worked] works or [tended] tends to work a fraud upon purchasers
             281      or would so operate;
             282          (f) the offering [has been] is or would be made with unreasonable amounts of
             283      underwriters' and sellers' discounts, commissions, or other compensation, or promoters' profits
             284      or participation, or unreasonable amounts or kinds of options;
             285          (g) when a security is sought to be registered by notification, it is not eligible for such
             286      registration;
             287          (h) when a security is sought to be registered by coordination, there [has been] is a
             288      failure to comply with the undertaking required by Subsection 61-1-9 (2)(d); or
             289          (i) the applicant or registrant [has failed] fails to pay the proper filing fee.
             290          (2) The director may enter an order under this section, but may vacate the order if [he]
             291      the director finds that the conditions that prompted its entry have changed or that it is otherwise
             292      in the public interest to do so.
             293          (3) The director may not issue a stop order against an effective registration statement
             294      on the basis of a fact or transaction known to the division when the registration statement
             295      became effective unless the proceeding is instituted within [the next] 120 days after the day on
             296      which the registration statement becomes effective.
             297          (4) [No] A person may not be considered to have violated Section 61-1-7 or 61-1-15 by
             298      reason of any order or sale effected after the entry of an order under this section if that person
             299      proves by a preponderance of the evidence that [he] the person did not know, and in the
             300      exercise of reasonable care could not have known, of the order.
             301          (5) (a) The division may not commence agency action against an effective registration
             302      statement under Subsection (1)(c) more than one year from the date on which the order or
             303      injunction relied on to commence the agency action is entered.
             304          (b) The division may not enter an order under Subsection (1)(c) on the basis of an order
             305      or injunction entered under the securities act of any other state unless that order or injunction is
             306      issued on the basis of facts that would constitute a ground for a stop order under this section on


             307      the day on which the order is issued under Subsection (1)(c).
             308          Section 3. Section 61-1-14 is amended to read:
             309           61-1-14. Exemptions.
             310          (1) The following securities are exempted from Sections 61-1-7 and 61-1-15 :
             311          (a) any security, including a revenue obligation, issued or guaranteed by the United
             312      States, any state, any political subdivision of a state, or any agency or corporate or other
             313      instrumentality of one or more of the foregoing, or any certificate of deposit for any of the
             314      foregoing;
             315          (b) any security issued or guaranteed by Canada, any Canadian province, any political
             316      subdivision of any Canadian province, any agency or corporate or other instrumentality of one
             317      or more of the foregoing, or any other foreign government with which the United States
             318      currently maintains diplomatic relations, if the security is recognized as a valid obligation by
             319      the issuer or guarantor;
             320          (c) any security issued by and representing an interest in or a debt of, or guaranteed by,
             321      any bank organized under the laws of the United States, or any bank, savings institution, or
             322      trust company supervised under the laws of any state;
             323          (d) any security issued by and representing an interest in or a debt of, or guaranteed by,
             324      any federal savings and loan association, or any building and loan or similar association
             325      organized under the laws of any state and authorized to do business in this state;
             326          (e) any security issued or guaranteed by any federal credit union or any credit union,
             327      industrial loan association, or similar association organized and supervised under the laws of
             328      this state;
             329          (f) any security issued or guaranteed by any public utility or holding company which is
             330      a registered holding company under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or a
             331      subsidiary of such a company within the meaning of that act, or any security regulated in
             332      respect of its rates or in its issuance by a governmental authority of the United States, any state,
             333      Canada, or any Canadian province;
             334          (g) (i) any security listed on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated
             335      Quotation National Market System, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock
             336      Exchange, or on any other stock exchange or medium approved by the division, except that the
             337      director may at any time suspend or revoke this exemption for any particular stock exchange,


             338      medium, security, or securities under Subsection (4);
             339          (ii) any other security of the same issuer which is of senior or substantially equal rank
             340      to any security [so] listed and approved by the director[,]; or
             341          (iii) any security called for by subscription rights or warrants so listed or approved, or
             342      any warrant or right to purchase or subscribe to any of the foregoing;
             343          (h) (i) any security issued by any person organized and operated not for private profit
             344      but exclusively for religious, educational, benevolent, charitable, fraternal, social, athletic, or
             345      reformatory purposes, or as a chamber of commerce or trade or professional association; and
             346          (ii) any security issued by a corporation organized under Title 3, Chapter 1, General
             347      Provisions Relating to Agricultural Cooperative Associations, and any security issued by a
             348      corporation to which the provisions of that chapter are made applicable by compliance with the
             349      requirements of Section 3-1-21 ;
             350          (i) a promissory note, draft, bill of exchange, or banker's acceptance that evidences an
             351      obligation to pay cash within nine months after the date of issuance, exclusive of days of grace,
             352      or a renewal of such an obligation that is likewise limited, or a guarantee of such an obligation
             353      or of a renewal:
             354          (i) issued in denominations of at least $50,000; and
             355          (ii) either:
             356          (A) receives a rating in one of the three highest rating categories from a nationally
             357      recognized statistical rating organization; or
             358          (B) the issuer satisfies requirements established by rule or order of the division;
             359          (j) any investment contract issued in connection with an employees' stock purchase,
             360      option, savings, pension, profit-sharing, or similar benefit plan;
             361          (k) a security issued by an issuer registered as an open-end management investment
             362      company or unit investment trust under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, if:
             363          (i) (A) the issuer is advised by an investment adviser that is a depository institution
             364      exempt from registration under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 or that is currently
             365      registered as an investment adviser, and has been registered, or is affiliated with an adviser that
             366      has been registered, as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 for at
             367      least three years next preceding an offer or sale of a security claimed to be exempt under this
             368      Subsection (1)(k); and


             369          (B) the adviser has acted, or is affiliated with an investment adviser that has acted as
             370      investment adviser to one or more registered investment companies or unit investment trusts
             371      for at least three years next preceding an offer or sale of a security claimed to be exempt under
             372      this Subsection (1)(k); or
             373          (ii) the issuer has a sponsor that has at all times throughout the three years before an
             374      offer or sale of a security claimed to be exempt under this Subsection (1)(k) sponsored one or
             375      more registered investment companies or unit investment trusts the aggregate total assets of
             376      which have exceeded $100,000,000;
             377          (iii) in addition to Subsection (1)(k)(i) or (ii), the division has received prior to any sale
             378      exempted [herein] by this Subsection (1)(k):
             379          (A) a notice of intention to sell which has been executed by the issuer and which sets
             380      forth the name and address of the issuer and the title of the securities to be offered in this state;
             381      and
             382          (B) a filing fee as determined under Section 61-1-18.4 ;
             383          (iv) in the event any offer or sale of a security of an open-end management investment
             384      company is to be made more than 12 months after the date on which the notice and fee under
             385      Subsection (1)(k)(iii) is received by the director, another notice and payment of the applicable
             386      fee shall be required;
             387          (v) for the purpose of this Subsection (1)(k), an investment adviser is affiliated with
             388      another investment adviser if [it] the investment adviser controls, is controlled by, or is under
             389      common control with the other investment adviser; and
             390          (l) any security as to which the director, by rule or order, finds that registration is not
             391      necessary or appropriate for the protection of investors.
             392          (2) The following transactions are exempted from Sections 61-1-7 and 61-1-15 :
             393          (a) any isolated transaction, whether effected through a broker-dealer or not;
             394          (b) any nonissuer transaction in an outstanding security, if as provided by rule of the
             395      division:
             396          (i) information about the issuer of the security as required by the division is currently
             397      listed in a securities manual recognized by the division, and the listing is based upon such
             398      information as required by rule of the division; or
             399          (ii) the security has a fixed maturity or a fixed interest or dividend provision and there


             400      has been no default during the current fiscal year or within the three preceding fiscal years, or
             401      during the existence of the issuer and any predecessors if less than three years, in the payment
             402      of principal, interest, or dividends on the security;
             403          (c) any nonissuer transaction effected by or through a registered broker-dealer pursuant
             404      to an unsolicited order or offer to buy;
             405          (d) any transaction between the issuer or other person on whose behalf the offering is
             406      made and an underwriter, or among underwriters;
             407          (e) any transaction in a bond or other evidence of indebtedness secured by a real or
             408      chattel mortgage or deed of trust, or by an agreement for the sale of real estate or chattels, if the
             409      entire mortgage, deed of trust, or agreement, together with all the bonds or other evidences of
             410      indebtedness secured thereby, is offered and sold as a unit;
             411          (f) any transaction by an executor, administrator, sheriff, marshal, receiver, trustee in
             412      bankruptcy, guardian, or conservator;
             413          (g) any transaction executed by a bona fide pledgee without any purpose of evading
             414      this chapter;
             415          (h) any offer or sale to a bank, savings institution, trust company, insurance company,
             416      investment company as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, pension or
             417      profit-sharing trust, or other financial institution or institutional investor, or to a broker-dealer,
             418      whether the purchaser is acting for itself or in some fiduciary capacity;
             419          (i) any offer or sale of a preorganization certificate or subscription if:
             420          (i) no commission or other remuneration is paid or given directly or indirectly for
             421      soliciting any prospective subscriber;
             422          (ii) the number of subscribers acquiring any legal or beneficial interest therein does not
             423      exceed ten; and
             424          (iii) there is no general advertising or solicitation in connection with the offer or sale;
             425          (j) any transaction pursuant to an offer by an issuer of its securities to its existing
             426      securities holders, if:
             427          (i) no commission or other remuneration, other than a standby commission is paid or
             428      given directly or indirectly for soliciting any security holders in this state and the transaction
             429      constitutes [either]:
             430          (A) the conversion of convertible securities;


             431          (B) the exercise of nontransferable rights or warrants;
             432          (C) the exercise of transferable rights or warrants if the rights or warrants are
             433      exercisable not more than 90 days after their issuance; or
             434          (D) the purchase of securities under a preemptive right; and
             435          (ii) the exemption created by Subsection (2)(j) is not available for an offer or sale of
             436      securities to existing securities holders who have acquired their securities from the issuer in a
             437      transaction in violation of Section 61-1-7 ;
             438          (k) any offer, but not a sale, of a security for which registration statements have been
             439      filed under both this chapter and the Securities Act of 1933 if no stop order or refusal order is
             440      in effect and no public proceeding or examination looking toward such an order is pending;
             441          (l) a distribution of securities as a dividend if the person distributing the dividend is the
             442      issuer of the securities distributed;
             443          (m) any nonissuer transaction effected by or through a registered broker-dealer where
             444      the broker-dealer or issuer files with the division, and the broker-dealer maintains in [his] the
             445      broker-dealer's records, and makes reasonably available upon request to any person expressing
             446      an interest in a proposed transaction in the security with the broker-dealer information
             447      prescribed by the division under its rules;
             448          (n) any transactions not involving a public offering;
             449          (o) any offer or sale of "condominium units" or "time period units" as those terms are
             450      defined in [the] Title 57, Chapter 8, Condominium Ownership Act, whether or not to be sold
             451      by installment contract, if the [provisions of the Condominium Ownership Act] following are
             452      complied with:
             453          (i) Title 57, Chapter 8, Condominium Ownership Act, or if the units are located in
             454      another state, the condominium act of that state[, the];
             455          (ii) Title 57, Chapter 11, Utah Uniform Land Sales Practices Act[, the];
             456          (iii) Title 57, Chapter 19, Timeshare and Camp Resort Act[,]; and [the Utah]
             457          (iv) Title 70C, Utah [Uniform] Consumer Credit Code[ are complied with];
             458          (p) any transaction or series of transactions involving a merger, consolidation,
             459      reorganization, recapitalization, reclassification, or sale of assets, if the consideration for
             460      which, in whole or in part, is the issuance of securities of a person or persons, and if:
             461          (i) the transaction or series of transactions is incident to a vote of the securities holders


             462      of each person involved or by written consent or resolution of some or all of the securities
             463      holders of each person involved;
             464          (ii) the vote, consent, or resolution is given under a provision in:
             465          (A) the applicable corporate statute or other controlling statute;
             466          (B) the controlling articles of incorporation, trust indenture, deed of trust, or
             467      partnership agreement; or
             468          (C) the controlling agreement among securities holders;
             469          (iii) (A) one person involved in the transaction is required to file proxy or
             470      informational materials under Section 14(a) or (c) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or
             471      Section 20 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and has so filed;
             472          (B) one person involved in the transaction is an insurance company which is exempt
             473      from filing under Section 12(g)(2)(G) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and has filed
             474      proxy or informational materials with the appropriate regulatory agency or official of its
             475      domiciliary state; or
             476          (C) all persons involved in the transaction are exempt from filing under Section
             477      12(g)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and file with the division such proxy or
             478      informational material as the division requires by rule;
             479          (iv) the proxy or informational material is filed with the division and distributed to all
             480      securities holders entitled to vote in the transaction or series of transactions at least ten working
             481      days prior to any necessary vote by the securities holders or action on any necessary consent or
             482      resolution; and
             483          (v) the division does not, by order, deny or revoke the exemption within ten working
             484      days after filing of the proxy or informational materials;
             485          (q) subject to Subsection (6), any transaction pursuant to an offer to sell securities of an
             486      issuer if:
             487          (i) the transaction is part of an issue in which there are not more than 15 purchasers in
             488      this state, other than those designated in Subsection (2)(h), during any 12 consecutive months;
             489          (ii) no general solicitation or general advertising is used in connection with the offer to
             490      sell or sale of the securities;
             491          (iii) no commission or other similar compensation is given, directly or indirectly, to a
             492      person other than a broker-dealer or agent licensed under this chapter, for soliciting a


             493      prospective purchaser in this state;
             494          (iv) the seller reasonably believes that all the purchasers in this state are purchasing for
             495      investment; and
             496          (v) the transaction is part of an aggregate offering that does not exceed $500,000, or a
             497      greater amount as prescribed by a division rule, during any 12 consecutive months; [and]
             498          [(vi) the director, as to a security or transaction, or a type of security or transaction,
             499      may withdraw or further condition this exemption or waive one or more of the conditions in
             500      Subsection(q);]
             501          (r) any transaction involving a commodity contract or commodity option; and
             502          (s) any transaction as to which the division finds that registration is not necessary or
             503      appropriate for the protection of investors.
             504          (3) Every person filing an exemption notice or application shall pay a filing fee as
             505      determined under Section 61-1-18.4 .
             506          (4) Upon approval by a majority of the Securities [Advisory] Board, the director, by
             507      means of an adjudicative proceeding conducted in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46b,
             508      Administrative Procedures Act, may deny or revoke any exemption specified in Subsection
             509      (1)(g), (h), or (j) or in Subsection (2) with respect to:
             510          (a) a specific security, transaction, or series of transactions; or
             511          (b) any person or issuer, any affiliate or successor to a person or issuer, or any entity
             512      subsequently organized by or on behalf of a person or issuer generally and may impose a fine if
             513      [he] the director finds that the order is in the public interest and that:
             514          (i) the application for or notice of exemption filed with the division is incomplete in
             515      any material respect or contains any statement which was, in the light of the circumstances
             516      under which it was made, false or misleading with respect to any material fact;
             517          (ii) any provision of this chapter, or any rule, order, or condition lawfully imposed
             518      under this chapter [has been] is willfully violated in connection with the offering or exemption
             519      by:
             520          (A) the person filing any application for or notice of exemption;
             521          (B) the issuer, any partner, officer, or director of the issuer, any person occupying a
             522      similar status or performing similar functions, or any person directly or indirectly controlling or
             523      controlled by the issuer, but only if the person filing the application for or notice of exemption


             524      is directly or indirectly controlled by or acting for the issuer; or
             525          (C) any underwriter;
             526          (iii) subject to Subsection (7), the security for which the exemption is sought is the
             527      subject of an administrative stop order or similar order, or a permanent or temporary injunction
             528      or any court of competent jurisdiction entered under any other federal or state act applicable to
             529      the offering or exemption; [the division may not institute a proceeding against an effective
             530      exemption under this subsection more than one year from the date of the order or injunction
             531      relied on, and it may not enter an order under this subsection on the basis of an order or
             532      injunction entered under any other state act unless that order or injunction was based on facts
             533      that would currently constitute a ground for a stop order under this section;]
             534          (iv) the issuer's enterprise or method of business includes or would include activities
             535      that are illegal where performed;
             536          (v) the offering [has worked, has tended] works, tends to work, or would operate to
             537      work a fraud upon purchasers;
             538          (vi) the offering [has been] is or was made with unreasonable amounts of underwriters'
             539      and sellers' discounts, commissions, or other compensation, or promoters' profits or
             540      participation, or unreasonable amounts or kinds of options;
             541          (vii) an exemption is sought for a security or transaction [which] that is not eligible for
             542      the exemption; or
             543          (viii) the proper filing fee, if required, [has] is not [been] paid.
             544          (5) (a) [No] An order under Subsection (4) may not operate retroactively.
             545          (b) [No] A person may not be considered to have violated Section 61-1-7 or 61-1-15 by
             546      reason of any offer or sale effected after the entry of an order under [this] Subsection (4) if [he]
             547      the person sustains the burden of proof that [he] the person did not know, and in the exercise of
             548      reasonable care could not have known, of the order.
             549          (6) The director, as to a security or transaction, or a type of security or transaction,
             550      may:
             551          (a) withdraw or further condition the exemption described in Subsection (2)(q); or
             552          (b) waive one or more of the conditions described in Subsection (2)(q).
             553          (7) (a) The division may not institute a proceeding against an effective exemption
             554      under Subsection (4)(b)(iii) more than one year from the day on which the order or injunction


             555      relied on in instituting the proceeding is entered.
             556          (b) The division may not enter an order under Subsection (4)(b)(iii) on the basis of an
             557      order or injunction entered under any other state act unless that order or injunction is issued on
             558      the basis of facts that would constitute a ground for a stop order under this section at the time
             559      the order is issued under Subsection (4)(b)(iii).
             560          Section 4. Section 61-1-15.5 is amended to read:
             561           61-1-15.5. Federal covered securities.
             562          (1) The division by rule or order may require the filing of any of the following
             563      documents with respect to a covered security under Section 18(b)(2) of the Securities Act of
             564      1933:
             565          (a) prior to the initial offer of federal covered security in this state, a notice form as
             566      prescribed by the division or all documents that are part of a federal registration statement filed
             567      with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, together
             568      with a consent to service of process signed by the issuer and a filing fee as determined under
             569      Section 61-1-18.4 ;
             570          (b) after the initial offer of such federal covered security in this state, all documents
             571      that are part of an amendment to a federal registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities
             572      and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, which shall be filed concurrently
             573      with the division;
             574          (c) a report of the value of federal covered securities offered or sold in this state,
             575      together with a filing fee as determined under Section 61-1-18.4 ; and
             576          (d) a notice filing under this section shall be effective for one year and shall be
             577      renewed annually in order to continue to offer or sell the federal covered securities for which
             578      the notice was filed.
             579          (2) With respect to any security that is a covered security under Section 18(b)(4)(D) of
             580      the Securities Act of 1933, the division by rule or order may require the issuer to file a notice
             581      on SEC Form D and a consent to service of process signed by the issuer no later than 15 days
             582      after the first sale of such covered security in this state, together with a filing fee as determined
             583      under Section 61-1-18.4 .
             584          (3) The division by rule or order may require the filing of any document filed with the
             585      U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, with respect to a


             586      covered security under Section 18(b)(3) or (4) of the Securities Act of 1933, together with a
             587      filing fee as determined under Section 61-1-18.4 .
             588          (4) Upon approval by a majority of the Securities [Advisory] Board, the director, by
             589      means of adjudicative proceedings conducted in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46b,
             590      Administrative Procedures Act, may issue a stop order suspending the offer and sale of any
             591      federal covered security, except a covered security under Section 18(b)(1) of the Securities Act
             592      of 1933, if the director finds that the order is in the public interest and there is a failure to
             593      comply with any condition established under this section.
             594          (5) The division by rule or order may waive any or all of the provisions of this section.
             595          Section 5. Section 61-1-18.3 is amended to read:
             596           61-1-18.3. Information obtained by division -- Use for personal benefit prohibited
             597      -- Disclosure.
             598          (1) It is unlawful for any of the division's employees, a nondepartmental hearing officer
             599      appointed under Section 61-1-6 , or any member of the Securities [Advisory] Board to use for
             600      personal benefit any nonpublic information which is filed with or obtained by the division. [No
             601      provision of this]
             602          (2) This chapter [authorizes] does not authorize the division or any of its officers or
             603      employees to disclose any such information except among themselves or when necessary or
             604      appropriate in a proceeding or investigation under this chapter.
             605          (3) No provision of this chapter either creates or derogates from any privilege [which]
             606      that exists at common law or otherwise when documentary or other evidence is sought under
             607      subpoena directed to the division or any of its employees.
             608          Section 6. Section 61-1-18.5 is amended to read:
             609           61-1-18.5. Securities Board established -- Appointment -- Duties -- Qualifications
             610      -- Terms -- Vacancies -- Meetings -- Conflicts of interest -- Expenses.
             611          (1) (a) There is [hereby] established a Securities [Advisory] Board.
             612          (b) Members of the board shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the
             613      Senate.
             614          (c) The board shall have the following duties:
             615          (i) comply with Subsection 61-1-6 (9) with regard to the appointment of a
             616      nondepartmental hearing officer;


             617          [(i)] (ii) formulate and make recommendations to the director regarding policy and
             618      budgetary matters;
             619          [(ii)] (iii) submit recommendations regarding registration requirements and division
             620      rules;
             621          [(iii)] (iv) formulate and make recommendations to the director regarding the
             622      establishment of reasonable fees; and
             623          [(iv)] (v) generally act in an advisory capacity to the director with respect to the
             624      exercise of [his] the director's duties, powers, and responsibilities.
             625          (2) (a) The Securities [Advisory] Board shall be comprised of five members who shall
             626      be appointed in accordance with the following:
             627          (i) two members from the securities brokerage community who have at least five years
             628      prior experience in securities matters;
             629          (ii) one member from the securities section of the Utah Bar Association;
             630          (iii) one member who is an officer or director of a corporation not subject to the
             631      reporting requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and
             632          (iv) one member from the public at large who has no active participation in the
             633      securities business.
             634          (b) [No] A member of the board may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
             635          (3) (a) Except as required by Subsection (3)(b), as terms of current board members
             636      expire, the governor shall appoint each new member or reappointed member to a four-year
             637      term.
             638          (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (3)(a), the governor shall, at the
             639      time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of
             640      [commission] board members are staggered so that approximately half of the board is
             641      appointed every two years.
             642          (4) (a) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall
             643      be appointed for the unexpired term.
             644          (b) [All members] A member of the board shall serve until [their respective successors
             645      are] the member's successor is appointed and qualified.
             646          (5) The board shall meet at least quarterly on a regular date to be fixed by the board
             647      and at such other times at the call of the director or any two members of the board. A majority


             648      of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Actions of the board
             649      shall require a vote of a majority of those present.
             650          (6) Each member of the board shall, by sworn and written statement filed with the
             651      Department of Commerce and the lieutenant governor, disclose any position of employment or
             652      ownership interest that the member has with respect to any entity or business subject to the
             653      jurisdiction of the division. This statement shall be filed upon appointment and must be
             654      appropriately amended whenever significant changes occur in matters covered by the
             655      statement.
             656          (7) (a) [Members shall receive no] A member of the board may not receive
             657      compensation or benefits for [their] the member's services, but may receive per diem and
             658      expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by
             659      the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             660          (b) [Members] A member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for [their] the
             661      member's service.
             662          Section 7. Section 61-1-18.6 is amended to read:
             663           61-1-18.6. Procedures -- Adjudicative proceedings.
             664          The [Division of Securities] division and any nondepartmental hearing officer
             665      appointed under Section 61-1-6 shall comply with [the procedures and requirements of] Title
             666      63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act, in [its] adjudicative proceedings of the
             667      division.
             668          Section 8. Section 61-1-18.7 is amended to read:
             669           61-1-18.7. Funding of securities investor education and training.
             670          (1) There is created a restricted special revenue fund known as the "Securities Investor
             671      Education and Training Fund" to provide revenue for educating the public and the securities
             672      industry as provided in this section.
             673          (2) All money received by the state by reason of civil penalties ordered and
             674      administrative fines collected pursuant to this chapter shall be deposited in the Securities
             675      Investor Education and Training Fund, and subject to the requirements of Title 51, Chapter 5,
             676      Funds Consolidation Act.
             677          (3) The special revenue fund may include any fines collected by the division after July
             678      1, 1989, pursuant to voluntary settlements or administrative orders.


             679          (4) (a) The fund shall earn interest.
             680          (b) All interest earned on fund monies shall be deposited into the fund.
             681          (5) Notwithstanding Title 63, Chapter 38, Budgetary Procedures Act, the director may
             682      use special revenue fund monies, upon concurrence of the Securities [Advisory] Board and the
             683      executive director of the Department of Commerce, in a manner consistent with the duties of
             684      the division under this chapter and only for any or all of the following and the expense of
             685      providing them:
             686          (a) education and training of Utah residents in matters concerning securities laws and
             687      investment decisions, by publications or presentations;
             688          (b) education of registrants and licensees under this chapter, by:
             689          (i) publication of this chapter and rules and policy statements and opinion letters of the
             690      division; and
             691          (ii) sponsorship of seminars or meetings to educate registrants and licensees as to the
             692      requirements of this chapter; and
             693          (c) investigation and litigation.
             694          (6) If the balance in the fund exceeds $100,000 at the close of any fiscal year, the
             695      excess shall be transferred to the General Fund.
             696          Section 9. Section 61-1-19 is amended to read:
             697           61-1-19. Investigations authorized.
             698          (1) (a) The division [in its discretion] may make any public or private investigations
             699      within or without this state as [it] the division considers necessary to determine whether any
             700      person has violated, is violating, or is about to violate any provision of this chapter or any rule
             701      or order [hereunder] under this chapter.
             702          (b) To aid in the enforcement of this chapter or in the prescribing of rules and forms
             703      [hereunder] under this chapter, the division may require or permit any person to file a statement
             704      in writing, under oath or otherwise as to all the facts and circumstances concerning the matter
             705      to be investigated.
             706          (c) The division may publish information concerning any violation of this chapter or
             707      the violation of any rule or order [hereunder] under this chapter.
             708          (2) For the purpose of any investigation or proceeding under this chapter, the division
             709      [or], any employee designated by [it] the division, or a nondepartmental hearing officer


             710      appointed under Section 61-1-6 may:
             711          (a) administer [oaths and affirmations] an oath or affirmation;
             712          (b) subpoena [witnesses] a witness and compel [their] the attendance of a witness;
             713          (c) take evidence; and
             714          (d) require the production of any books, papers, correspondence, memoranda,
             715      agreements, or other documents or records relevant or material to the investigation.




Legislative Review Note
    as of 8-9-07 1:56 PM


Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel


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