(a) Upon a determination by the commissioner that a licensee has: (i) Violated the provisions of section eighteen of this article or of chapter sixty of this code; (ii) acted in such a way as would have precluded initial or renewal licensure; or (iii) violated any rule or order promulgated by the commissioner, the commissioner may:
(1) Revoke the licensee's license;
(2) Suspend the licensee's license;
(3) Place the licensee on probationary status for a period not to exceed twelve months; and
(4) Impose a monetary penalty not to exceed one thousand dollars for each violation where revocation is not imposed.
(b) Any monetary penalty assessed and collected by the commissioner shall be transmitted to the state treasurer for deposit into the state treasury to the credit of a special revenue fund designated the "Nonintoxicating Beer Enforcement Fund", which is hereby created. All moneys collected, received and deposited in the "Nonintoxicating Beer Enforcement Fund" shall be kept and maintained for expenditures by the commissioner for the purpose of enforcement of the statutes and rules pertaining to nonintoxicating beer and shall not be treated by the state treasurer or state auditor as any part of the general revenue of the state. At the end of each fiscal year all funds in the nonintoxicating beer enforcement fund in excess of twenty thousand dollars shall be transferred to the general revenue fund.
(c) In addition to the grounds for revocation, suspension or other sanction of a license set forth in subsection (a) of this section, conviction of the licensee of any offense constituting a violation of the laws of this state or of the United States relating to nonintoxicating beer or alcoholic liquor shall be mandatory grounds for such sanctioning of a license. Conviction of the licensee of any violation of the laws of this state or of the United States relating to prostitution or the sale, possession or distribution of narcotics or controlled substances shall be mandatory grounds for revocation of the licensee's license for a period of at least one year.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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