Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 3. Montana Produce Act


80-3-306. Penalties. (1) A person who violates or aids in the violation of any provision of this part or rules adopted under this part is subject to one or both of the following penalties:

(a) an administrative civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for each offense;

(b) a misdemeanor punishable as provided in 46-18-212.

(2) Assessment of a civil penalty under subsection (1)(a) may be made in conjunction with any other warning, order, or administrative action authorized by 80-3-301 through 80-3-306 that is issued by the department. The proceeds of a civil penalty must be deposited in the general fund.

(3) The department shall establish by rule a penalty matrix that schedules the types of penalties, the amounts for initial and subsequent offenses, and other matters necessary for the administration of civil penalties under subsection (1)(a). The issuance of a civil penalty is subject to the contested case procedures of Title 2, chapter 4, part 6.

(4) Nothing in this part may be construed as requiring the department or its authorized representative to report violations of this part when a reasonable belief exists that the public interest will be served by a suitable warning.

(5) It is the duty of a county attorney to whom any violation is reported to cause appropriate proceedings to be initiated and prosecuted in a court of competent jurisdiction without delay.

History: En. Sec. 6, Ch. 553, L. 1993.