A. Applicants shall apply on forms supplied by the department or its contractor.
B. Individual applicants shall be at least 18 years of age.
C. The applicant shall disclose the following information about himself, in the case of an individual, or about the firm and every member of the responsible management of the firm, in the case of a firm:
1. Any guilty finding by the department, or by a court of any competent jurisdiction, of any material misrepresentation while engaged in boxing, martial arts, wrestling, or other athletic activities, or any conviction, guilty plea, or finding of guilty, regardless of adjudication or deferred adjudication, of any felony or non-marijuana misdemeanor;
2. Any disciplinary action taken by the department or another jurisdiction in connection with the applicant's participation in or promotion of professional athletic contests or activities including
, but not limited to, monetary penalty, fine, suspension, revocation, or surrender of a license in connection with a disciplinary action; and
3. Any currently or previously held boxing, martial arts, or wrestling licenses issued by this Commonwealth or any other jurisdiction.
Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this subsection. A certified copy of a final order, decree, or case decision by a court or regulatory agency with the lawful authority to issue such order, decree, or case decision shall be admissible as prima facie evidence of such conviction or discipline. Subject to the provisions of § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia, the department may deny an application for a license if, in its judgment, the actions disclosed in subdivisions 1 and 2 of this subsection would render the applicant unfit or unsuited to engage in boxing, wrestling, or other athletic activities.
D. Each individual applicant shall disclose his physical address and each firm applying for licensure shall disclose the physical addresses of the firm and the firm's responsible management. A post office box shall not be accepted in lieu of a physical address.
E. The fee established by 18VAC120-40-50 A shall accompany the application and shall not be refunded.
F. The receipt of an application and the deposit of fees in no way indicate approval by the department.
A. To qualify to act on the department's behalf as an event official, a person must:
1. Be at least 18 years of age;
2. Not have been convicted or found guilty, regardless of adjudication, of any felony or
other crime non-marijuana misdemeanor involving lying, cheating, or stealing or involving; illegal drugs; or other acts involving the sport of boxing or martial arts. Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this chapter. The record of conviction, authenticated in such form as to be admissible as evidence under the laws of the jurisdiction where convicted, shall be admissible as prima facie evidence of such conviction; and
3. Submit verifications from three persons of his proficiency as an event inspector, locker room inspector, referee, judge, or timekeeper, whichever is appropriate. Evidence of approval by the department, its contractor, or another jurisdiction with a regulatory program substantially equivalent to this chapter, may be submitted in lieu of the verifications from three persons.
B. In addition to requirements set forth in subsection A of this section, each referee or judge shall submit the following certification:
"I understand that I am not entitled to receive any compensation in connection with a boxing or martial arts match until I provide the department a statement of all consideration, including reimbursement for expenses that will be received from any source for participation in the match."
A. The department shall have the authority to discipline a licensee through a fine, license suspension, or license revocation for the same reason it may deny licensure or renewal, and for the following reasons, as may be appropriate:
1. Violating or inducing another person to violate any provisions of the federal Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996 (15 USC § 6301 et seq.), Chapters 1, 2, 3 or 8.1 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia or of this chapter.
2. Using misrepresentation or fraud to obtain or attempt to obtain a license or event license.
3. Having a medical condition which makes participation in events a health hazard.
4. Altering a license issued by the department.
5. Having been convicted in any jurisdiction of any felony or of any non-marijuana misdemeanor involving lying, cheating, or stealing
, or of any non-marijuana misdemeanor for acts carried out while engaged in boxing, wrestling, or other athletic activities. Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this subsection. A certified copy of a final order, decree, or case decision by a court or regulatory agency with the lawful authority to issue such order, decree, or case decision shall be admissible as prima facie evidence of such conviction or discipline.
6. Having been the subject of disciplinary action taken by Virginia or another jurisdiction in connection with the participation in or promotion of professional athletic contests or activities, including
but not limited to, monetary penalties, fines, suspension, revocation, or surrender of a license in connection with a disciplinary action.
7. Failing or refusing to appear when directed by the department or its contractor for the purposes of weighing or conducting a medical examination.
8. Failing to furnish a valid reason or a doctor's certificate to explain any failure to appear at an event in which an applicant or licensee agreed to participate by signing a contract.
9. Using unsportsmanlike conduct or other inappropriate behavior inconsistent with generally accepted methods of competition.
10. Failure to meet financial obligations that results in collection proceedings against the bond required by this chapter and § 54.1-833 A of the Code of Virginia.
Use of Using profane or abusive language, during the event, including at the weigh-in and prefight meeting.
12. Threatening or inflicting bodily harm upon an official or members of the audience during an event.
13. Making allegations of illegal or improper conduct against officials that the licensee knows or should have known to be false.
Use of any Using alcohol, controlled substances, or stimulants in any part of the body prior to or during an event or being found to be under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or stimulants during an event.
Failure Failing to submit to a urinalysis or chemical test before or after an event upon request of the department or its designee.
Failure Failing to fulfill contracts for participation in an event.
17. Wearing facial cosmetics or jewelry of any kind, including any type of body piercing by any participants during a contest, except that wrestlers may wear cosmetics or jewelry unless the event official determines there is a safety risk.
Failure by any participant Failing to secure hair with soft, nonabrasive materials during a contest, when deemed appropriate by the department or its contractor.
19. Allowing a license, certificate, or registration to be used by another.
B. The department shall conduct disciplinary procedures in accordance with the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).