Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 3. Prohibitions -- Enforcement

Civil Penalties For Delays In Filing -- Option For Hearing -- Suspension Of Penalty

5-7-306. Civil penalties for delays in filing -- option for hearing -- suspension of penalty. (1) In addition to any other penalties or remedies established by this chapter, a person who fails to file a report within the time required by this chapter is subject to a civil penalty of $50 for each working day that the report is late until the report is filed or until the penalties reach a maximum of $2,500 for each late report.

(2) The penalty imposed in subsection (1) is not subject to the procedural requirements of 5-7-305 and must be applied if a person fails to meet the requirements of 5-7-108(3).

(3) A person against whom a civil penalty is imposed pursuant to subsection (1) may request, within 10 days of receiving a notice of imposition of a civil penalty, a hearing before the commissioner. Upon receipt of a timely request, the commissioner shall hold an informal contested case hearing as provided in Title 2, chapter 4, part 6. Upon the filing of a timely request for a hearing, the imposition of the daily civil penalty provided for in this section must be suspended until the commissioner issues a decision. At the hearing, the commissioner shall consider any factors or circumstances in mitigation and may reduce or waive the civil penalty.

(4) All civil penalties imposed pursuant to this section must be deposited in the state general fund.

History: En. Sec. 2, Ch. 31, L. 2003.