SEC. 73-34-9. Powers and duties of commission and board; immunity of members of commission and board.
(1) The commission shall have the following powers and duties:
(a) To receive applications for licensure as a real estate appraiser under this chapter; to establish appropriate administrative procedures for the processing of such applications; to issue licenses to qualified applicants pursuant to the provisions of this chapter; and to maintain a registry of the names and addresses of individuals who are currently licensed under this chapter.
(b) To administer licensing examinations in such places and at such times as may be required to carry out its responsibilities under this chapter.
(c) To implement recommendations made to the commission by the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board with respect to upgrading and improving the experience, education and examination requirements that are required for an appraiser license and each classification of licensed state certified real estate appraiser in this state.
(d) To implement recommendations made to the commission by the board with respect to upgrading and improving the continuing education requirements that are required for renewal of a license.
(e) To collect all licensing fees required or permitted by this chapter.
(f) To take appropriate action upon a decision and the related findings of fact made by the board if, after an administrative hearing, the board (i) determines that a licensed appraiser or a licensed state certified real estate appraiser under this chapter has violated the standards of appraisal practice or ethical rules established under Section 73-34-37 or has committed one or more of the acts that are prohibited by Section 73-34-35, and (ii) recommends that the license of the appraiser be suspended or revoked, that renewal be denied, or that some other disciplinary action be taken.
(g) To solicit bids and enter into contracts with one or more educational testing services or organizations approved by the board for the preparation of a bank of questions and answers for licensure examinations under this chapter.
(h) To promote research and conduct studies relating to the profession of real estate appraising and sponsor real estate appraisal educational activities.
(i) To adopt rules and regulations for the administration of this chapter that are not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter or the Constitution and laws of Mississippi or of the United States.
(j) To employ an assistant to the Mississippi Real Estate Commission Administrator who shall keep a record of all proceedings, transactions, communications and official acts of the commission and board and perform such other duties as the commission and board may require.
(k) To employ an appropriate staff to investigate allegations that licensed appraisers or licensed state certified real estate appraisers under this chapter failed to comply with the terms or provisions of this chapter.
(l) To employ such other professional, clerical and technical assistance as may be necessary to properly administer the work of this chapter.
(2) The board shall have the following powers and duties:
(a) To be responsible for matters relating to real estate appraisal standards, real estate appraiser qualifications, testing standards and disciplinary functions.
(b) To hold meetings; to hold public hearings and administrative hearings; to prepare examination specifications for licensed appraisers and licensed state certified appraisers.
(c) To enable the board to carry out its responsibilities under this chapter with respect to licensing, the board shall have (i) the power to compel the attendance of witnesses; (ii) the power to require a licensed appraiser or an applicant for licensure to produce books, appraisal documents, records and other papers; (iii) the power to administer oaths; (iv) and the power to take testimony and receive evidence concerning all matters within its jurisdiction. These powers may be exercised directly by the board in such manner as the board shall determine.
(d) To establish appropriate administrative procedures for disciplinary proceedings conducted pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
(e) To keep a record of its proceedings and issue an annual report of its activities.
(f) To further define by regulation, and with respect to each of the categories of licensed appraiser, the type of educational experience, appraisal experience and equivalent experience that will meet the statutory requirements of this chapter.
(g) To approve or disapprove applications for licensing under this chapter.
(h) To suspend or revoke licenses pursuant to the disciplinary proceedings provided for in this chapter.
(i) To present an annual budget to the Mississippi Legislature for approval. A copy of the budget shall be given to the commission.
(j) To implement all requirements directed by the Appraisal Subcommittee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council or their designated agent.
(k) To make rules and regulations providing for an inactive license status and for the reactivation thereof.
(l) To make rules and regulations necessary to implement its powers and duties under this chapter.
(m) To do all other things necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
(3) The members of the commission and board shall be immune from any civil action or criminal prosecution for initiating or assisting in any lawful investigation of the actions of, or participating in any disciplinary proceeding concerning, an appraiser licensed pursuant to this chapter, provided that such action is taken without malicious intent and in the reasonable belief that the action was taken pursuant to the powers and duties vested in the members of the commission and board under this chapter.
SOURCES: Laws, 1990, ch. 576, Sec. 5; 1993, ch. 559, Sec. 3, eff from and after passage (approved April 9, 1993).