Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing

69W-600.0011: Effect of Law Enforcement Records on Applications for Registration as Dealer, Issuer/Dealer, or Investment Adviser
The Financial Services Commission announces a hearing to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: July 29, 2010, 9:00 a.m., during a regular meeting of the Financial Services Commission
PLACE: Cabinet Meeting Room, Lower Level, The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is the Final Public Hearing on the adoption of proposed Rule 69W-600.0011, F.A.C., published on June 4, 2010, in Vol. 36, No. 22 of the Florida Administrative Weekly. No changes have been made to the rule. As background, Section 517.1611(2), F.S., requires the Financial Services Commission to adopt registration disqualifying periods for applicants and their relevant persons based upon criminal convictions, pleas of nolo contendere, or pleas of guilt, regardless of whether adjudication was withheld. The statute imposes a disqualifying period of 15 years for certain felonies and 5 years for certain misdemeanors. The statute provides that the rule may also address mitigating factors, an additional waiting period based upon dates of imprisonment or community supervision, an additional waiting period based upon commitment of multiples crimes, and other factors reasonably related to the consideration of an applicant’s criminal history. The proposed rule implements these requirements for dealers, issuer/dealers, and investment advisers, including their relevant persons. Relevant persons include: any member, principal, or director of the applicant or any person having similar status or performing similar functions; any person directly or indirectly controlling the applicant; direct owners, principals, or indirect owners that are required to be reported on behalf of the applicant on Form BD (Uniform Application for Broker-Dealer Registration) or Form ADV (Uniform Application for Investment Registration) pursuant to Section 517.12(15), F.S. The rule makes a general classification of crimes into two classes: Class A and Class B. Class A crimes address felonies involving fraud, dishonesty or any other act of moral turpitude; and Class B crimes address misdemeanors involving those same issues. Under the proposed rule, the disqualification period for a Class A crime is 15 years. For Class B crimes, the disqualification period is 5 years. The rule provides that the disqualification period will be extended if the applicant or relevant person has multiple Class A or B crimes, and it provides that mitigating factors may be considered to reduce disqualifying periods. The disqualifying periods established in the rule do not give an applicant a right to registration after any set period of time. Regardless of the expiration of any disqualifying period imposed by the rule, the burden to prove entitlement to registration remains on the applicant. Other factors related to the consideration of the applicant’s or relevant person’s criminal history are also addressed.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Governor and Cabinet website at: The agenda should be available approximately one week before the cabinet meeting.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Andrea Moreland, Office of Financial Regulation, at (850)410-9601, If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).
For more information, you may contact: Andrea Moreland, Office of Financial Regulation at (850)410-9601,