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Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-3&amp;title=10#10-14-3(6)" target="_newtab">10-14-3(6)</a>, which are incorporated herein, shall be defined as maintaining the cemetery in a reasonable condition, which shall include leveling of the grounds where interments have been made, sodding or planting of grass over interments when graves are closed, reasonable care of grass and other ground cover, subject to climatic and soil conditions, removal of all debris, regular mowing and edging, repair of potholes in pavement, resulting in a well kept appearance at all times. It shall be further defined as maintaining buildings, structures and other improvements located on cemetery property in accordance with all applicable laws and codes. It shall be further defined as maintaining the cemetery property free of inoperative vehicles and machinery, unless stored in a closed structure. It shall further be defined as appropriately marking each entrance to the cemetery property from any public road, with at least one such entrance having a sign indicating the name of the cemetery, and the location of the office for such cemetery if not located on that property.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.01(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used in the Act and herein, all references to "developed cemetery property" shall be defined as that portion of the dedicated cemetery property that has been platted and pinned for the intended use of the permanent internment of human remains or that portion of the dedicated cemetery property that has been platted and pinned and is currently being used for the permanent internment of human remains.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.01(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used in the Act and herein, all references to "the Division Director" or "The Director" shall refer to the Director of the Securities and Business Regulation Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, or such other person as the Secretary of State may by order designate.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.01(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used in the Act and herein, "encumbrance" shall be defined as a claim, lien, charge, or liability attached to and binding real property; <I>e.g.,</I> a mortgage; judgment lien; lease; security interest; easement or right of way; accrued and unpaid taxes.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.01(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used in the Act and herein, "immediately" shall mean by close of business on the day following a filing, which includes but is not limited to, an amendment, a modification, an action or a request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.01(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used in the Act and herein, "insolvent" shall be defined as either having liabilities that exceed assets or obligations that cannot be met as they mature.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.01(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used in the Act and herein, "promptly" shall be defined as seven (7) to ten (10) days following a filing, which includes but is not limited to, an amendment, a modification, an action or a request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.01(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used herein, all references to "the Secretary of State" or "Secretary of State" refer to the Secretary of State of the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.02" name="590-3-1-.02" title="590-3-1-.02">Rule 590-3-1-.02 Delegation</a></h2> <P>The Director is empowered to sign all documents, make all decisions, and perform all acts under the Georgia Cemetery and Funeral Services Act of 2000, in the same manner and with the same authority as is the Secretary of State. All acts of the Director are of the same force and effect as such acts would be if performed by the Secretary of State.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.03" name="590-3-1-.03" title="590-3-1-.03">Rule 590-3-1-.03 Administrative Declaratory Rulings; No-Action Letters; Informal Interpretations</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Declaratory Rulings. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Availability. Any person whose legal rights will be adversely impacted with or impaired by the application of any statutory provision or any rule or order of the Secretary of State may petition the Secretary of State and request a declaratory ruling thereon. The Secretary of State will not render advisory opinions, resolve questions which have become moot or are abstract or hypothetical or otherwise act hereunder except with respect to such actual controversies or other cases upon which a superior court would be required to act under Chapter 4 of Title 9 of the Official Code of Georgia, relating to declaratory judgments.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Form of Petition. Each such petition shall be filed with the Secretary of State in writing and shall state: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the name and mailing address of the petitioner;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the full text of the statute, rule, or order upon which a ruling is requested;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a statement of all pertinent and existing facts necessary to a determination of the applicability of the quoted statute or rule;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the petitioner's contention, if any, as to the aforesaid applicability with citation of legal authorities, if any, which authorizes, supports or requires a decision in accordance therewith; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a statement setting forth in detail the petitioner's interest in the matter and why and how the petitioner is uncertain or insecure with respect to his, her or its rights. The petition shall be verified under oath by the petitioner, or on behalf of the petitioner by a person legally authorized to represent the petitioner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Proceedings on petition. If the Secretary of State determines that a decision can be rendered on the face of the petition without further proceedings, he or she shall render a summary decision thereon. Otherwise, all parties known by the Secretary of State to have a legal interest in the matter shall be notified and given an opportunity to be heard in a manner determined by the Secretary of State.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No-Action Letters. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Availability.Any person may request in writing a statement from the Secretary of State's staff that, on the basis of the facts stated in such written request, the staff would not recommend enforcement action. The Secretary of State's staff will not respond to requests related to unnamed companies or persons or to hypothetical situations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Form of No-Action Request. Each such no-action request shall be filed with the Secretary of State in writing and shall: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(2)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> state the specific subsection of the particular statute or rule to which the request pertains;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(2)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> provide the names of the company or companies or individual(s) and all other persons involved;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(2)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> limit the request to the particular situation involving the problem at hand and not attempt to include every possible type of situation which may arise in the future;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(2)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> state concisely and to the point all of the facts necessary to reach a conclusion in the matter; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(2)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> indicate why the requesting party thinks a problem exists, indicate the requesting party's opinion in the matter, and indicate the basis for the requesting party's opinion.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Informal Interpretations.Any request presented in any manner that does not strictly comply with the provisions of paragraphs (1) or (2) above shall not be deemed to be filed as either a petition for declaratory ruling or request for a no-action letter and shall be dealt with in any manner that the Secretary of State may deem appropriate, including failing to respond.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.03(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Fees.The Secretary of State may establish and charge fees as provided in the fee schedule published and maintained by the Secretary of State, for the issuance of any declaratory ruling, no-action letter, or informal interpretation. Said fee(s) may be changed by the Secretary of State by publishing a fee schedule notice and posting such notice in his or her office for a period of not less that thirty (30) days.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.04" name="590-3-1-.04" title="590-3-1-.04">Rule 590-3-1-.04 Petition for Adoption of Rules</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Form of Petition. Each petition for adoption of rules made pursuant to the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act shall be filed in writing with the Securities and Business Regulation Division of the Secretary of State's office and shall state: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and post office address of the petitioner;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The full text of the rule requested to be amended or repealed, or the full text of the rule desired to be promulgated;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.04(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A paragraphed statement of the reason such rule should be amended, repealed, or promulgated, including a statement of all pertinent existing facts as to petitioner's interest in the matter; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.04(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Citations of legal authorities, if any, which authorize, support, or require the action requested by petitioner. The petition should be verified under oath by, or on behalf of the petitioner by a person legally authorized to represent the petitioner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Proceeding on Petition. Upon receipt of the petition, the Secretary of State shall decide upon the action to be taken. Within sixty (60) days after receipt of the petition, the Secretary of State shall inform the petitioner by mail of the decision reached, and shall either decline to take the action requested, stating his reasons for so declining, or shall initiate rule-making or rule-changing proceedings in accordance with the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.05" name="590-3-1-.05" title="590-3-1-.05">Rule 590-3-1-.05 Contested Cases</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Contested Cases. Contested cases shall be heard by the Secretary of State, the Division Director or his or her designated representative pursuant to the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act and shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures provided therein, the procedures set forth in section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-23&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-23</a> of the Act, and the following procedures: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person who is legally entitled to contest a ruling or order of the Secretary of State may do so by filing with the Secretary of State a request for hearing which shall contain the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a title which indicates the nature of the proceedings;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the complete name(s) and address(es) of the person(s) on whose behalf the request is filed;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the name(s) and address(es) of all other persons known to have a legal interest in the proceedings;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> if the person(s) on whose behalf the request is filed are represented by counsel, the name and address of counsel;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a clear and concise statement of the facts upon which the contested case arises;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a prayer setting forth the relief sought; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a statement of the grounds upon which the person(s) contend(s) he, she, it or they is (are) entitled to the relief sought.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To be entitled to a hearing as a matter of right, a person must, within thirty (30) days of delivery of a notice of opportunity for hearing in the manner prescribed by section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-23&amp;title=10#10-14-23(b)" target="_newtab">10-14-23(b)</a> of the Act, file with the Secretary of State a request for hearing as described in paragraph (a) above. The Secretary of State may, in his or her discretion, allow extensions of time and amendments to requests.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Responses to requests for hearing. The Secretary of State will respond to all requests for hearings with a notice scheduling a hearing or with an order denying the request for hearing and stating the reasons for the denial.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State may, without request by the party who is legally entitled to contest a ruling or order, schedule a hearing and require that the party appear. Failure by the party to appear for the hearing shall be considered a default of the contested case and will result in the entry of the order proposed by the Secretary of State and accompanying the notice of opportunity for hearing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Informal conference. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A party who requests a hearing as provided in (1)(a) above will be accorded a formal hearing pursuant to the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act and section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-23&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-23</a> of the Act. If a party desires, he, she or it may request an informal conference with the Secretary of State or his or her representative in lieu of, or prior to, a formal hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The receipt by the Secretary of State of a written request for an informal conference will toll until the date that such conference is scheduled by the Secretary of State, and the subsequent date, if any, to which it is continued by the Secretary of State, the running of the times for requesting and setting hearings which are specified in Code section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-23&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-23</a> of the Act. In determining the number of days which have run, neither the day on which the request for informal conference is received by the Secretary of State nor the day on which the conference is scheduled shall be counted.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The informal conference shall begin with a telephonic or live meeting between the Secretary of State's staff and the party requesting the informal conference or on whose behalf the informal conference was requested. The person entitled to an informal conference may be represented by counsel who may appear at the informal conference with the party or in the party's presence. The informal conference may remain open until such time that the matter is resolved or the informal conference is terminated by order of the Secretary of State.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any written request for conference or hearing which is not in the form specified in paragraph (a) above and does not specifically request a formal hearing will be deemed a request for informal conference and shall be acted on as such. However, if after the Secretary of State terminated the informal conference by order, a party requests a hearing, and it appears to the Secretary that, in an effort to stall proceedings, the party has purposefully failed to comply with the form specified in paragraph (1)(a) above, the Secretary may at his or her discretion schedule a formal hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.05(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A written order of the Secretary of State issued pursuant to section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-23&amp;title=10#10-14-23(f)" target="_newtab">10-14-23(f)</a> of the Act may, in the discretion of the Secretary of State, be issued in the form of a consent order, of a letter of undertaking or of an order for a plan of compliance.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.06" name="590-3-1-.06" title="590-3-1-.06">Rule 590-3-1-.06 Records</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All applications, records, correspondence, reports and other documents filed with or maintained by the Secretary of State pursuant to the various provisions of the Act or these Rules may be retained in original form or by means of microfilm, microfiche, microphotographic reproduction, photographic reproduction, word processing, computerization, data storage or other acceptable reproductive methods.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All persons registered or required to be registered with the Secretary of State which must maintain correspondence, records, reports and other documents pursuant to various provisions of the Act or these Rules may retain such information in original form or by means of microfilm, microfiche, microphotographic reproduction, photographic reproduction, word processing, computerization, data storage or other acceptable reproductive methods.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.06(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All books, records, correspondence, reports, or other documents produced pursuant to a subpoena or an order to produce issued by the Secretary of State may be destroyed by order of the Secretary of State if a demand, once the investigative file is closed, is not made by the person producing such records at the time he, she, or it produces the records.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.06(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any photographic, microphotographic, or computer reproduction of any original writing or record filed with or maintained by the Secretary of State shall be deemed to have been made in the regular course of business. Such reproduction shall be subject to certification pursuant to Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-27&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-27</a> of the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.06(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Electronic Signatures. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.06(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State may direct his or her staff to affix his or her electronic signature to any document to which the Secretary of State has the authority to affix his or her manual signature. Such electronic signature shall be of the same force and effect as the Secretary of State's manual signature.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.06(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Division Director may direct the Secretary of State's staff to affix his or her electronic signature to any document to which the Division Director has the authority to affix his or her manual signature. Such electronic signature shall be of the same force and effect as the Division Director's manual signature.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.07" name="590-3-1-.07" title="590-3-1-.07">Rule 590-3-1-.07 Confidentiality</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Except as provided in the Act and these Rules and Regulations, all information and documents filed with, or obtained by, the Secretary of State are public information and are available for public examination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following information and documents do not constitute public information under the Act and these Rules and Regulations and shall be confidential: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information or documents obtained in connection with an investigation under Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-15&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-15</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documents prepared by the Secretary of State's staff in connection with an investigation under Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-15&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-15</a> including subpoenas, orders to produce records, staff reports, and reports and summaries of investigations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information or documents filed with the Secretary of State in connection with a registration statement or exemption filing under the Act, which constitute or contain trade secrets or constitute or contain commercial or financial information, which the person is entitled to assert, and has asserted, a claim of confidentiality or privilege as authorized by law; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any document or record specifically designated as confidential in accordance with the Act or the Rules and Regulations promulgated thereunder.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All investigations and investigative proceedings shall be private, unless the Secretary of State determines that the protection of the public requires that all or part of an investigation or investigative proceeding should be made public.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any state, federal or law enforcement agency receiving information or documents pursuant to Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-15&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-15</a>, must make the representation required by that Code Section in the form of an access letter. The access letter shall be addressed to the Secretary of State or his or her designee and signed by someone at the requesting agency in a position to guarantee the aforementioned representation. Access letters and the Secretary of State's response shall be deemed part of an investigative file and shall be confidential.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State may disclose information or documents obtained in connection with an investigation under the Act to the extent provided in the Act and these Rules and Regulations. The Secretary of State may further disclose such information if disclosure is for the purpose of a civil, administrative or criminal investigation or proceeding. Any state, federal or law enforcement agency receiving such information or documents must represent that, under the applicable law, protections exist to preserve the integrity, confidentiality, and security of the information.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.07(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notices and proposed administrative orders and administrative orders issued by the Secretary of State shall constitute public information under the Act and these Rules and Regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.08" name="590-3-1-.08" title="590-3-1-.08">Rule 590-3-1-.08 Confidentiality of Audits</a></h2> <P>All examinations and audits of the financial records of a cemetery or preneed dealer conducted by the Secretary of State shall be confidential and shall not be subject to public inspection, unless the Secretary of State determines it to be in the public interest to release examinations and audits, or unless otherwise required by law.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.09" name="590-3-1-.09" title="590-3-1-.09">Rule 590-3-1-.09 Change of Ownership</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pursuant to § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-9&amp;title=10#10-14-9(c)(1)" target="_newtab">10-14-9(c)(1)</a> of the Act, the Secretary of State must be notified when any cemetery or preneed dealer is sold or the ownership is otherwise transferred, or a controlling interest is sold or transferred.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following documents must be filed as an application for registration by the new owner with the Secretary of State prior to the new owner operating said cemetery or preneed dealer: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An original application for registration executed by the prospective buyer, with all fees required by law, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If necessary, a written request for a change of trustee, escrow agent, or account depository, in accordance with any controlling provision of a trust agreement or an escrow agreement; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information sufficient to demonstrate that the prospective seller is not indebted to the preneed escrow account or to the perpetual care trust account. Such information may include but is not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A current financial report for the perpetual care trust fund and for the preneed escrow account prepared by a certified public accountant or a public accountant, reflecting the cemetery's liability to each account and the current balances of each account; or a joint financial report for the perpetual care trust fund and the preneed escrow account, the accuracy of which is represented by both the previous cemetery owner and the new cemetery owner reflecting the total liability to each account and the current balance of each account;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Verifications from the depositories showing the actual account balances for the perpetual care trust fund and the preneed escrow account as of the date of closing;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement from the trustee of the perpetual care trust fund stating that the perpetual care trust account is not encumbered;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement from the escrow agent of the preneed escrow account stating that the preneed escrow account is not encumbered; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(2)(c)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A copy of the proposed contract for sale of the cemetery between the prospective seller and the prospective buyer which may have the sales price deleted.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.09(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When, based on the documents filed, the Secretary of State finds the documents to be satisfactory proof that the prospective seller is not indebted to any account, and the new owner otherwise satisfies the statutory requirements, the Secretary of State shall issue a new certificate of registration to the prospective buyer.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.10" name="590-3-1-.10" title="590-3-1-.10">Rule 590-3-1-.10 Determination of Filing Dates; Deficient Registrations; Abandonment of Registration Applications; Additional Information</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.10(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any application for registration, application for approval, report, or document required by the Act to be filed with the Secretary of State is considered filed when the completed application forms and required filing fees, and all other documents required by these Rules and the Act are received by the Secretary of State.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.10(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any registration application filed pursuant to section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-4&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-4</a> or <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-5&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-5</a> of the Act may be deemed deficient if any of the following conditions exist: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.10(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the application is not in the proper form; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.10(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the application is not in compliance with section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-4&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-4</a> or <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-5&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-5</a>, or any other provision of the Act or rules promulgated thereunder.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.10(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a registration application is found to be deficient, the Secretary of State may send a deficiency letter stating the grounds for noncompliance. If, following the transmission of a deficiency letter, no communication is received by the Secretary of State for a period of thirty (30) days, the application may be deemed abandoned, and the Secretary of State may issue a notice of opportunity for hearing pursuant to section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-23&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-23</a> of the Act, stating that the Secretary of State proposes to issue an order dismissing the application. Nothing herein shall be deemed to restrict the ability of the Secretary of State to propose the issuance of an order of denial or dismissal for any other reason.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.10(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In addition to the documents specified in the Act, each cemetery owner, preneed dealer and merchandise dealer required to register with the Secretary of State and each principal officer and director thereof shall file, as part of the registration statement, a signed consent to a criminal background check in a form provided by the Secretary of State for the purpose of allowing the Secretary of State to determine whether any such person is subject to any of the prohibitions described in O.C.G.A. Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-8&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-8</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.10(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State may require the filing of a current copy of a registrant's rules and regulations and schedule of charges at the time of renewal of registration or the filing of any reports required by the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.11" name="590-3-1-.11" title="590-3-1-.11">Rule 590-3-1-.11 Military Spouses and Transitioning Service Members</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.11(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As used in this rule, the following terms shall mean: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.11(1)a.">a.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Board" means the State Board of Cemeterians.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.11(1)b.">b.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "License" means any license issued by the State Board of Cemeterians.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.11(1)c.">c.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Military" means the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.11(1)d.">d.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Military spouse" means a spouse of a service member or transitioning service member.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.11(1)e.">e.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Service member" means an active or reserve member of the armed forces, including the National Guard.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.11(1)f.">f.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Transitioning service member" means a member of the military on active duty status or on separation leave who is within 24 months of retirement or 12 months of separation.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.11(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Effective July 1, 2017, military spouses and transitioning service members may qualify for expedited processing of the license application by showing that the applicant is a military spouse or transitioning service member and that the applicant has paid the fee and meets the requirements for a license under the law and rules for the type of license for which the applicant has applied.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.12" name="590-3-1-.12" title="590-3-1-.12">Rule 590-3-1-.12 Internal Rules and Regulations of Cemeteries; Schedule of Charges</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.12(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No internal rule or regulation or schedule of charges of a cemetery shall be effective until filed with the State Board of Cemeterians and posted as required by Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-16&amp;title=10#10-14-16(a)" target="_newtab">10-14-16(a)</a> of the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.12(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As an amendment to its registration application, every cemetery owner shall immediately notify the State Board of Cemeterians of any modification or amendment of its rules and regulations or any schedule of charges required to be filed by Rule <a title="590-3-3-.01" href="590-3-3-.01">590-3-3-.01</a> and shall immediately submit two revised copies of the rules and regulations or schedule of charges as so modified to the State Board of Cemeterians along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. No modification or amendment shall be effective until such notice is received by the State Board of Cemeterians and posted as required by Sec. <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-16&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-16</a> of the Act. Any failure of the State Board of Cemeterians to comment on any rules and regulations or schedule of charges filed with them shall not be deemed to be ratification or acceptance of the form or substance of said rules and regulations or schedule of charges.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.12(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pursuant to Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-17&amp;title=10#10-14-17(j)" target="_newtab">10-14-17(j)</a> of the Act, beginning October 1, 2008, and July 1 every year thereafter, the State Board of Cemeterians shall adjust the maximum amount which may be charged as a reimbursement fee for the supervision and inspection of the installation of a monument purchased or obtained from and to be installed by a person or firm other than the cemetery company or its agents. By applying a multiplier based on the Consumer Price Index, All Urban Customers, U.S. City Average, All Items, released in May of the year in which the adjustment is made, the State Board of Cemeterians shall calculate the maximum adjusted reimbursement fee.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.12(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pursuant to Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-17&amp;title=10#10-14-17(j)" target="_newtab">10-14-17(j)</a> of the Act, beginning October 1, 2008, and July 1 every year thereafter, the State Board of Cemeterians shall adjust the maximum amount which may be charged as a fee by cemeteries for transferring burial rights from one purchaser to another. By applying a multiplier based on the Consumer Price Index, All Urban Customers, U.S. City Average, All Items, released in May of the year in which the adjustment is made, the State Board of Cemeterians shall calculate the maximum adjusted reimbursement fee.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.13" name="590-3-1-.13" title="590-3-1-.13">Rule 590-3-1-.13 Sales Contracts</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.13(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each contract for sale of burial rights, burial or funeral merchandise, or burial or funeral services shall contain details and information prescribed in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-18&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-18</a>. The signature page of the contract shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.13(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a statement in bold-face type of not less than ten point type, and in no event less than four points larger than the smallest type size used in the body of the contract, of the items stated in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-18&amp;title=10#10-14-18(b)" target="_newtab">10-14-18(b)</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.13(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a column or series of columns with a description of all items sold or for which fees are charged, with a corresponding price appearing to the right of each item. The total purchase price shall appear immediately below the descriptions of items and prices;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.13(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a statement or line item showing the amounts to be deposited in any trust or escrow account expressed as either a dollar amount or the percentage of the sales price as required by the Act;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.13(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the signatures of the purchaser and the signature and printed name of the authorized representative of the registrant; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.13(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the following in bold face type of not less than the greater of ten points or four (4) points larger than the smallest type face appearing elsewhere in the contract: <P>IF YOU HAVE ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS CONTRACT OR THIS TRANSACTION OR HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LAW GOVERNING THIS TRANSACTION, YOU MAY CONTACT THE OFFICE OF THE GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE AT (404) 656-3920.</P> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.13(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any form of contract complying with any applicable federal law or regulation relating to the identical subject matter of information and required items of disclosure described herein shall be deemed in compliance with this rule to that extent. Any disclosure required by the present rule that is not contained in any contract whose contents are governed by such applicable federal law or regulation may be made by separate document displayed to and acknowledged by the customer at the time of purchase.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.13(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State may, upon request by the registrant, approve the use of other forms of contracts, the form of which are in substantial conformity with the requirements of this rule.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.14" name="590-3-1-.14" title="590-3-1-.14">Rule 590-3-1-.14 Advertising and Solicitation</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.14(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Advertising. Each person required to be registered under the Act will maintain for a period of three (3) years a file of all brochures and copies of all advertising containing price information or offers of free or discounted goods or services, if such advertising was actually printed, published, broadcast or placed on any printed or electronic media. Said file shall also contain the time period during which the materials were used.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.14(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Residential Solicitations. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.14(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For purposes of this rule, residential solicitation shall mean: "a telephone call to, or an in-person visit at, any place a person defines as his or her home."</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.14(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No officer, director, employee, or agent of any entity required to be registered under the Act shall initiate, conduct, or attempt to conduct a residential solicitation, for the purpose of selling or other transfer of burial rights, burial or funeral merchandise or burial or funeral services, before the hour of 9:00 a.m. or after the hour of 9:00 p.m. except upon the prior express request of the person solicited.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.14(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No officer, director, employee or agent of any entity required to be registered under the Act shall make any residential solicitation in which the person solicited is asked to visit the office of the cemetery, funeral home or other establishment for the purpose of updating records, confirming records, or similar purposes, if it is intended at the time of such visit to seek to sell or offer to sell such person burial rights, burial or funeral merchandise or burial or funeral services.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.14(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Requirement or Suggestion of Office Visit or Personal Meeting. No person registered under the Act may: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.14(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> require any person to visit any office or other location, or insist upon a personal meeting at any other location, in order to take any action related to the subject matter of the Act if such action may reasonably be accomplished by telephone, mail or other means; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.14(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> suggest to or inform any person that such person should visit any office or other location, or meet personally at any other location, without informing such person that the reason for the visit or meeting is a sales solicitation, if it is intended that a sales solicitation will take place at such meeting.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.15" name="590-3-1-.15" title="590-3-1-.15">Rule 590-3-1-.15 Dishonest or Unethical Business Practices</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every cemetery, preneed dealer, merchandise dealer, salesperson or person subject to the jurisdiction of the Act shall observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade in the conduct of business.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State may, at his or her discretion, undertake such investigations and take such actions as are authorized by the Act whenever he or she has reasonable grounds to believe that the Act has been violated or is about to be violated in any manner including, but not limited to, the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Hypothecation of trust funds or escrow funds required by the Act to be maintained by a cemetery or preneed dealer;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Disciplinary action taken against any person subject to the provisions of the Act by the appropriate board or agency of any state or territory governing the licensing and administration of cemeteries, cemetery salespersons, merchandise dealer, and any dealers and salesmen of preneed burial merchandise;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The selling of or the offering to sell any cemetery property, burial rights, burial services, or burial merchandise by means of any oral or written untrue statement of material fact or any omission to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The misappropriation, conversion, illegally withholding, or failure to account for any cemetery trust funds, escrow funds, or other funds established or maintained pursuant to the Act;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The willfully making or causing to be made, in any document filed with the Secretary of State or in any proceeding under the Act, any statement which is, at the time it is made and in the light of the circumstances under which it is made, false or misleading in any material respect;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The employment of any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud a purchaser in connection with the offer, sale, or purchase of any cemetery property, burial rights, burial services, or burial merchandise, directly or indirectly;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The engaging in any transaction, act, practice, or course of business which operates or has operated as a fraud or deceit upon a purchaser or seller in connection with the offer, sale, or purchase of any cemetery property, burial rights, burial services, or burial merchandise, directly or indirectly;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to provide a copy of any contract entered into by any person to such person or to his or her authorized representative; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(2)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Engaging in any act, omission, practice or activity which is otherwise a violation of the Act or these Rules.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In any rule, regulation or written communication, no registrant may refer to the Act or Rules promulgated thereunder unless the Rule or section of the Act referred to is quoted in full.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.15(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In any communication with an owner(s) of burial rights, his or her executor, administrator or other legal representative, no registrant or person subject to the jurisdiction of the Act shall make any false, misleading or incomplete statement regarding the provisions of the Act or the Rules promulgated thereunder.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.16" name="590-3-1-.16" title="590-3-1-.16">Rule 590-3-1-.16 Non-Payment of Statutory Fees or Penalties</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.16(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every registration, annual report, filing, or administrative penalty required or imposed pursuant to the Code or any Rule or Regulation promulgated thereunder shall be accompanied by the required fee. No registration, annual report, filing or administrative penalty required pursuant to the Code or any Rule shall be considered officially received by the Secretary of State without the required fee.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.16(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a check submitted in payment of a fee is dishonored, the Secretary of State shall promptly notify the applicant, registrant or filer of the dishonor. The applicant, registrant or filer shall have fifteen (15) days from the date of notice to pay the required fee. If such payment is not made, the Secretary of State may take any action authorized by the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.16(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All fees are nonrefundable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.16(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In the event that a civil penalty is imposed upon any person pursuant to Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-19&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-19</a>, the Secretary of State may, to collect such civil penalty, act under any or all of the following paragraphs: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.16(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In addition to any other method provided by law for the collection of civil penalties imposed pursuant Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-19&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-19</a>, any civil penalty assessed by the Secretary of State in any order that is not paid when due, including failure to pay any interest or costs thereon, may be collected by the Secretary of State by and with the same authority contained in Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=48-2-55&amp;title=48#" target="_newtab">48-2-55</a>, which provides for the collection of taxes by the state revenue commissioner. If any civil penalty imposed by the Secretary of State pursuant Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-19&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-19</a> is not paid within ten (10) days after notice and demand from the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State may notify the Attorney General. The Attorney General may, in his or her sole discretion, initiate appropriate proceedings to collect such penalty.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.16(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In aid of collection or execution, the Secretary of State may do either, or both, of the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.16(4)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Examine any person, including the person liable, by taking depositions or propounding interrogatories as provided in the Georgia Civil Practice Act, Chapter 11 of Title 9 of the Official Code of Georgia; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.16(4)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Compel the production of documents or other items as provided in the Georgia Civil Practice Act, Chapter 11 of Title 9 of the Official Code of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.17" name="590-3-1-.17" title="590-3-1-.17">Rule 590-3-1-.17 Enforcement Procedures</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.17(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Formal Orders of Investigation. The Secretary of State may, at any time, whether based upon a complaint, referral, or information and belief, issue a formal order of investigation that shall commence such public or private investigation within or outside this State, as he or she deems necessary, to determine whether any person has violated or is about to violate the Act or any Rule, Regulation, or order created under the Act or to aid in the enforcement of the Act or in the prescribing of Rules and Regulations thereunder.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.17(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Appointment of an auditor, examiner, or regulatory monitor. In addition to those administrative sanctions the Secretary of State may impose pursuant to Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-19&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-19</a>, the Secretary of State may also issue an order for the appointment of an individual qualified by education and experience as an auditor, examiner, or regulatory monitor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.17(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Report of Examination or Inspection. The Secretary of State, within his or her sole discretion, may accept or reject such examination or inspection, in whole or in part. If the report is accepted, the Secretary of State shall file said report in the public records of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may, within his or her sole discretion, accept or reject, in whole or in part, the recommendations of the independent examiner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.17(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Emergency Orders. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Act or the Rules and Regulations promulgated thereunder, an emergency order is effective on the date of issuance, provided that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.17(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State deems that the public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action and incorporates a finding to that effect in the emergency order, in which case the order may be effective immediately pending proceedings. The proceedings shall be promptly instituted;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.17(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The order is issued pursuant to Code Sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-11&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-11</a> or <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-5-19&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-5-19</a>; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.17(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The order is expressly required, by a judgment or a statute, to be made without the right to a hearing or continuance of any type. <P>Upon issuance of the order, the Secretary of State shall promptly serve each person subject to the order with a copy of the order and a notice that the order has been entered. The order must include a statement of any administrative sanction(s) that the Secretary of State will seek, a statement of the reasons for the order, and notice that, upon the request by any respondent named in the emergency order, a hearing will be promptly scheduled. If a person subject to the order does not request a hearing, and the Secretary of State orders no hearing within thirty (30) days after the date of service of the order, the order shall become final as to that person by operation of law. If a hearing is requested by any person subject to the emergency order, or is ordered by the Secretary of State, after notice and opportunity for hearing has been served upon each person subject to the emergency order, the Secretary of State may modify, vacate, or extend the emergency order any time prior to a final determination.</P> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.18" name="590-3-1-.18" title="590-3-1-.18">Rule 590-3-1-.18 Appointment of Investigative Agent, Examiner or Regulatory Monitor</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In the case of any investigation or examination conducted under Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=10-14-15&amp;title=10#" target="_newtab">10-14-15</a>, the Secretary of State may appoint an investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor to conduct the investigation or examination who shall have the powers and authority granted by the Secretary of State.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor must possess the necessary investigative, legal, accounting or financial skills and expertise to properly analyze the evidence, prepare and present a comprehensive report, and follow through until completion of the assigned task. Depending on the nature and complexity of the assignment, special skills and qualifications may be required. This may require a person to be a member of the State Bar of Georgia, a Certified Public Accountant, a trained and experienced state or federal government administrative or criminal investigator, a financial analyst or a current or former licensed person in one of the regulated industries. The investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor must certify that he or she does not have, nor is there a perception that he or she may have, a professional conflict of interest in the matter to be investigated. The Secretary of State, in his or her sole discretion, shall determine the qualifications of an investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unless otherwise indicated in the order, supervision of the investigative agent is vested in the Secretary of State or his or her designee.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor shall be appointed by order under the appropriate Code Section. The order shall generally identify the matter, the persons to be investigated, the qualifications of the individual appointed as investigative agent, procedures for securing subpoenas, and reporting requirements. The order shall also establish the rate of compensation and invoicing and billing procedures.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Only individuals may be appointed to act as investigative agents, examiners or regulatory monitors. If a matter requires additional individuals or expertise, additional appointments may be made by order in which a supervising investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor shall be designated.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor shall serve for a period of up to twelve (12) months. The period of appointment may be shortened or extended by the Secretary of State as circumstances require.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Types of Cases. An investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor shall not ordinarily be appointed to handle routine matters and complaints that come before the Secretary of State. Examples of matters in which an appointment would normally occur include, by way of illustration only, any of the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complex investigations requiring detailed analytical skills not available to the staff due to staff cutbacks, new and inexperienced staff; or that require skills that are not presently available on staff;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(7)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The existence of heavy workloads that make current staff unavailable to address the matter in a reasonable amount of time;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(7)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Matters requiring extensive litigation skills in preparing administrative orders, civil complaints, criminal indictments, or similar documents;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(7)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complex audits that require the skills of a senior and qualified CPA specializing in the area;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(7)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A regulatory enforcement order or consent order that requires the appointment of an investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(7)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A multi-state cooperative investigation or program that the staff would not be able to complete in a timely manner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.18(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In any case where investigations or examinations are conducted by an investigative agent, examiner or regulatory monitor, he or she shall submit to the Secretary of State a written report, including the transcript of the testimony in evidence (if requested by the Secretary of State), the findings and recommendations of the action to be taken by the Secretary of State. The recommendation of the agent may be approved, modified, or disapproved by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may direct an investigative agent or examiner to conduct further investigation, take additional testimony or acquire further documentary evidence as may be necessary and appropriate.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.19" name="590-3-1-.19" title="590-3-1-.19">Rule 590-3-1-.19 Criminal History Access and Confidential Law Enforcement Informers</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.19(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State's investigators who are certified as peace officers by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council are authorized to request access to criminal history files maintained by any state or federal law enforcement agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.19(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Criminal history information that the Secretary of State's investigators obtain from state or federal law enforcement agencies shall be securely maintained by the Secretary of State and his or her staff and shall be confidential.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.19(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any access to such criminal history information shall be made in accordance with applicable laws, conditions, and limits imposed by the providing enforcement agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.19(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Secretary of State may determine, in his or her sole discretion, whether the identity of a confidential informer shall be disclosed. The Secretary of State shall take into account the public interest and the safety and security of the confidential informer.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.20" name="590-3-1-.20" title="590-3-1-.20">Rule 590-3-1-.20 Copies of Documents</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.20(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon request, the Secretary shall provide certified copies of any document, instrument, data, or paper officially filed as available on the automated database, microfilm files or other records maintained by or on behalf of the Secretary.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.20(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Except as otherwise provided in the Act or by these Rules, the Secretary may accept telephonic or electronic requests for copies of documents and the certification of such documents, provided such requests specifically identify the documents requested.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.21" name="590-3-1-.21" title="590-3-1-.21">Rule 590-3-1-.21 Certification of Forms</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least thirty (30) days prior to using any new form each entity subject to the provisions of the Act and the Rules and Regulations shall file, in a format prescribed by the Secretary, a listing of new preneed forms including a fully executed certificate of compliance. Any such listing and the applicable certificate of compliance must be prepared individually for each contract and/or forms.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Elements of Certification. The elements of certification as determined by the Secretary which must be included in all forms are as follows: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name of the entity;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement that the officer signing the certification form is knowledgeable of the information contained in each preneed contract and/or forms, whichever is being certified;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement that the officer signing the certification form has carefully reviewed the preneed contracts and/or forms which are attached to the certification;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement that the officer signing the certification has read and understands each applicable law, regulation and policy statement as it pertains to the new forms; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement that the officer signing the certification form certifies that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For the Listing of New Preneed Forms that the certifying officer has reviewed the proposed contracts and/or agreements and to the best of the officer's good faith, knowledge and belief, the preneed contracts and/or agreements identified on the listing of new policy forms are in full compliance with all Georgia cemetery laws and rules and regulations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and title of the officer signing the certification form and the date the certification form is signed;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="590-3-1-.21(2)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The original signature of the officer. Signature stamps, photocopies or a signature on behalf of the officer will not be accepted. Electronic signatures must be in compliance with the rules and regulations.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.01" name="590-3-1-.01" title="590-3-1-.01">Rule 590-3-1-.01 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.02" name="590-3-1-.02" title="590-3-1-.02">Rule 590-3-1-.02 Delegation</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.03" name="590-3-1-.03" title="590-3-1-.03">Rule 590-3-1-.03 Administrative Declaratory Rulings; No-Action Letters; Informal Interpretations</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.04" name="590-3-1-.04" title="590-3-1-.04">Rule 590-3-1-.04 Petition for Adoption of Rules</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.05" name="590-3-1-.05" title="590-3-1-.05">Rule 590-3-1-.05 Contested Cases</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.06" name="590-3-1-.06" title="590-3-1-.06">Rule 590-3-1-.06 Records</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.07" name="590-3-1-.07" title="590-3-1-.07">Rule 590-3-1-.07 Confidentiality</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.08" name="590-3-1-.08" title="590-3-1-.08">Rule 590-3-1-.08 Confidentiality of Audits</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.09" name="590-3-1-.09" title="590-3-1-.09">Rule 590-3-1-.09 Change of Ownership</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.10" name="590-3-1-.10" title="590-3-1-.10">Rule 590-3-1-.10 Determination of Filing Dates; Deficient Registrations; Abandonment of Registration Applications; Additional Information</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.11" name="590-3-1-.11" title="590-3-1-.11">Rule 590-3-1-.11 Military Spouses and Transitioning Service Members</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.12" name="590-3-1-.12" title="590-3-1-.12">Rule 590-3-1-.12 Internal Rules and Regulations of Cemeteries; Schedule of Charges</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.13" name="590-3-1-.13" title="590-3-1-.13">Rule 590-3-1-.13 Sales Contracts</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.14" name="590-3-1-.14" title="590-3-1-.14">Rule 590-3-1-.14 Advertising and Solicitation</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.15" name="590-3-1-.15" title="590-3-1-.15">Rule 590-3-1-.15 Dishonest or Unethical Business Practices</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.16" name="590-3-1-.16" title="590-3-1-.16">Rule 590-3-1-.16 Non-Payment of Statutory Fees or Penalties</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.17" name="590-3-1-.17" title="590-3-1-.17">Rule 590-3-1-.17 Enforcement Procedures</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.18" name="590-3-1-.18" title="590-3-1-.18">Rule 590-3-1-.18 Appointment of Investigative Agent, Examiner or Regulatory Monitor</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.19" name="590-3-1-.19" title="590-3-1-.19">Rule 590-3-1-.19 Criminal History Access and Confidential Law Enforcement Informers</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.20" name="590-3-1-.20" title="590-3-1-.20">Rule 590-3-1-.20 Copies of Documents</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/590-3-1-.21" name="590-3-1-.21" title="590-3-1-.21">Rule 590-3-1-.21 Certification of Forms</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>