Section 22-12C-5Probation or civil monetary penalties for food vendors; mitigation or settlement of adverse action.
(a) The State Board of Health may establish procedures to administer probation or civil monetary penalties, or both, to WIC Program food vendors. If probation is imposed, the vendor shall be informed that any violation of the WIC Program during the probationary period shall result in the implementation of the original proposed sanction. A civil monetary penalty shall be determined by the vendor's average monthly redemption of WIC Program food instruments for the 12-month period ending with the month immediately preceding that month during which the vendor was charged with the violation. The average monthly redemption figure will be multiplied by 5 percent. The product of this calculation shall be multiplied by the number of months for which the vendor would have been disqualified under the sanctions for which the vendor was charged. Consideration shall also be given as to the ability of the vendor to pay. The total civil monetary penalty shall not exceed $10,000 for any vendor.
(b) The board, through its authorized representative including the WIC Program Director, the administrative hearing officer, or other persons as designated by the State Health Officer may mitigate or settle any adverse action under this chapter that it considers advantageous to the WIC Program prior to, at, or subsequent to an administrative hearing under the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act.
(Acts 1993, No. 93-642, p. 1100, §5; Acts 1996, No. 96-481, p. 609, §2.)