2006 Alabama Code - Section 34-27B-8 — Disciplinary actions for unprofessional conduct; hearings; expiration of suspended license.

(a) The board may refuse to renew a license, may suspend or revoke a license, may impose probationary conditions, or may impose an administrative fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) per violation, as disciplinary actions if a licensee or applicant for licensure has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct that has endangered, or is likely to endanger, the health, welfare, or safety of the public. Unprofessional conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) Obtaining a license by means of fraud, misrepresentation, or concealment of material facts.

(2) Being found guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined by the rules established by the board, or violating the code of ethics adopted and published by the American Association for Respiratory Care or its successor organization.

(3) Conviction of a crime, other than a minor offense, in any court if the offense has a direct bearing on whether the person should be entrusted to serve the public in the capacity of a respiratory therapist.

(b) The board, after a hearing, may exercise the disciplinary actions authorized in subsection (a). The board shall adopt policies for the conduct of the hearings. One year after the date of the revocation of a license, application may be made to the board for reinstatement. The board shall hold a hearing to consider any application for reinstatement.

(c) The board may establish rules regarding the disciplinary actions authorized in subsection (a) in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

(d) A suspended license is subject to expiration during the suspension period.

(Act 2004-518, §8.)

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