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(A) The Council shall either suspend for a period not to exceed 60 days or revoke any liquor license upon finding that the licensee has failed to comply with any applicable statute, regulation or provision of this chapter relating to liquor, as provided in division (B) below. Except in cases of lapse of proof of financial responsibility, no suspension or revocation shall take effect until the licensee has been afforded an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, being M.S. §§ 14.57 to 14.69, as it may be amended from time to time. The Council may act as the hearing body under that act, or it may contract with the office of Hearing Examiners for a hearing officer.
(B) The following are the minimum periods of suspension or revocation which shall be imposed by the Council for violations of the provisions of this chapter or M.S. Chapter 340A, as it may be amended from time to time, or any rules promulgated under that Chapter as they may be amended from time to time. Revocations shall occur within 60 days following a violation for which the revocation is imposed.
(1) For commission of a felony related to the licensed activity, sale of alcoholic beverages while the license is under suspension, or sale of intoxicating liquor where the only license is for 3.2% malt liquor, the license shall be revoked.
(2) The license shall be suspended by the Council after a finding under division (A) above that the licensee has failed to comply with any applicable statute, rule or provision of this chapter for at least the minimum periods as follows.
(a) For the first violation within any three-year period, at least one day suspension in addition to any criminal or civil penalties which may be imposed.
(b) For a second violation within any three-year period, at least three consecutive days suspension in addition to any criminal or civil penalties which may be imposed.
(c) For the third violation within any three-year period, at least seven consecutive days suspension in addition to any criminal or civil penalties which may be imposed.
(d) For a fourth violation within any three-year period, the license shall be revoked.
(3) The Council shall select the day or days during which the license will be suspended.
(C) Lapse of required proof of financial responsibility shall effect an immediate suspension of any license issued pursuant to this chapter or state law without further action of the Council. Notice of cancellation or lapse of a current liquor liability policy shall also constitute notice to the licensee of the impending suspension of the license. The holder of a license who has received notice of lapse of required insurance or of suspension or revocation of a license may request a hearing thereon and, if a request is made in writing to the Clerk, a hearing before the Council shall be granted within ten days. Any suspension under this paragraph shall continue until the Council determines that the financial responsibility requirements of state law and this chapter have again been met.
(D) The provisions of § 111.99 pertaining to criminal and civil penalties may be imposed in addition to or in lieu of any suspension or revocation under this chapter.
(Ord. 90, passed 7-8-2002)