31-1-707. Denial of license and license renewal. (1) (a) Except as provided in subsection (1)(b), the department shall deny any new license or refuse to renew any license if:
(i) the applicant does not meet the qualifications stated in this part or in rules adopted pursuant to this part;
(ii) the department finds that the criminal history of any employee of the applicant at the time of application or renewal demonstrates any conviction involving fraud or financial dishonesty or if the department's findings show civil judgments involving fraudulent or dishonest financial dealings;
(iii) the financial responsibility, experience, character, and general fitness of the applicant do not warrant the belief that the business will be operated lawfully and fairly and within the provisions of this part;
(iv) the applicant does not have unencumbered assets of at least $25,000 for each location to be operated by the applicant;
(v) other information that the department considers necessary has not been provided; or
(vi) the applicant makes any material misstatement of fact or any material omission of fact in the application.
(b) A denial is not required pursuant to subsection (1)(a)(ii) if the department finds that the applicant dismissed the employee promptly upon learning of the employee's conviction involving fraud or financial dishonesty or of civil judgments involving fraudulent or dishonest financial dealings by the employee.
(2) The department shall provide written notice to the applicant of the denial or refusal, setting forth in the notice the grounds upon which the denial or refusal is based.
(3) The applicant has the right to a hearing under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act on any denial or refusal to issue a license. The request for a hearing must be made within 14 days of the date of receipt of the written notice of denial or refusal.
(4) An applicant whose application for licensure or renewal has been denied or refused may not reapply for 1 year following the denial or refusal.