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  334.920.  Board powers — disciplining and sanctions — violations, penalty. — 1.  The board may refuse to issue or renew any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required pursuant to sections 334.800 to 334.930 for one or any combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of this section.  The board shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and shall advise the applicant of his or her right to file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621.

  2.  The board may cause a complaint to be filed with the administrative hearing commission as provided by chapter 621 against any holder of any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required by sections 334.800 to 334.930 or any person who has failed to renew or has surrendered his or her certificate of registration or authority, permit or license for any one or any combination of the following causes:

  (1)  Use or unlawful possession of any controlled substance, as defined in chapter 195, or alcoholic beverage to an extent that such use impairs a person's ability to perform the work of a respiratory care practitioner;

  (2)  The person has been finally adjudicated and found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution under the laws of any state or of the United States, for any offense reasonably related to the qualifications, functions or duties of a respiratory care practitioner, for any offense an essential element is fraud, dishonesty or an act of violence, or for any offense involving moral turpitude, whether or not sentence is imposed;

  (3)  Use of fraud, deception, misrepresentation or bribery in securing any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license issued pursuant to sections 334.800 to 334.930 or in obtaining permission to take any examination given or required pursuant to sections 334.800 to 334.930;

  (4)  Obtaining or attempting to obtain any fee, charge, tuition or other compensation by fraud, deception or misrepresentation;

  (5)  Incompetency, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation or dishonesty in the performance of the functions and duties of a respiratory care practitioner;

  (6)  Violation of, or assisting or enabling any person to violate, any provision of sections 334.800 to 334.930 or any lawful rule or regulation adopted pursuant to sections 334.800 to 334.930;

  (7)  Impersonation of any person holding a certificate of registration or authority, permit or license or allowing any person to use his or her certificate of registration or authority, permit, license or diploma from any school;

  (8)  Disciplinary action against the holder of a license or other right to practice any profession regulated by sections 334.800 to 334.930 granted by another state, territory, federal agency or country upon grounds for which revocation or suspension is authorized in this state;

  (9)  A person if finally adjudged insane or incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction;

  (10)  Assisting or enabling any person to practice or offer to practice as a respiratory care practitioner who is not registered and currently eligible to practice pursuant to sections 334.800 to 334.930;

  (11)  Issuance of a certificate of registration or authority, permit or license based upon a material mistake of fact;

  (12)  Violation of any professional trust or confidence;

  (13)  Use of any advertisement or solicitation which is false, misleading or deceptive to the general public or persons to whom the advertisement or solicitation is primarily directed;

  (14)  Committing unethical conduct as defined in the ethical standards for respiratory care practitioners adopted by the division and filed with the secretary of state; or

  (15)  Violation of the drug laws or rules and regulations of this state, any other state or the federal government.

  3.  After the filing of such complaint, the proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 621.  Upon a finding by the administrative hearing commission that the grounds, provided in subsection 2 of this section for disciplinary action are met, the board may, singly or in combination, censure or place the person named in the complaint on probation with such terms and conditions as the board deems appropriate for a period not to exceed five years, or may suspend, for a period not to exceed three years, or may revoke the license, certificate or permit.

  4.  An individual whose license has been revoked shall wait at least one year from the date of revocation to apply for relicensure.  Relicensure shall be at the discretion of the board after compliance with all requirements of sections 334.800 to 334.930 relative to the licensing of the applicant for the first time.

  5.  Any person who violates any of the provisions of sections 334.800 to 334.930 is guilty of class A misdemeanor.

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(L. 1996 H.B. 999 § 13, A.L. 1999 H.B. 343)


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