Section 34-34A-14

License denial, revocation, etc.; hearing procedures, reinstatement.

(a) The board may deny a license, refuse to renew a license, suspend a license, or revoke a license, or it may reprimand, censure, or otherwise discipline a person practicing dietetics/nutrition or offering to practice dietetics/nutrition in accordance with the provisions of this section upon decision and after due hearing in any one of the following cases:

(1) Upon proof that such person has willfully or repeatedly violated any of the provisions of this chapter or the rules enacted in accordance therewith; or willfully or repeatedly acted in a manner inconsistent with the health, welfare, and safety of the public,

(2) Upon proof that such person's conduct is immoral, unprofessional, or dishonorable,

(3) Upon proof that such person is guilty of fraud or deceit in the practice of dietetics/nutrition or in his/her admission to such practice, or

(4) Upon proof that such person has been convicted in a court of competent jurisdiction, either within or without the state, of a crime involving moral turpitude.

(b) The board shall have the jurisdiction to hear all charges brought under the provisions of this section against any person having been issued a license as a dietitian/nutritionist or having been issued a temporary license for the practice of dietetics/nutrition; and upon such hearings shall determine the charges upon their merits. If the board determines that disciplinary measures should be taken, the board may revoke his/her license, suspend him/her from practice, or reprimand, censure, or otherwise discipline such person.

(c) All proceedings under this section shall be heard by the board with at least two-thirds of its members present, and decisions to discipline any licensee shall require a vote of two-thirds of the membership of the entire board; provided that the board may designate two or more of its members to comprise a hearing committee for the purpose of determining whether charges brought justify a hearing by the board, and with authority to dismiss frivolous or unfounded charges.

(d) At any hearing under this chapter, the person charged shall have the right to appear either personally or by counsel or both to produce witnesses and evidence in his or her own behalf and to cross-examine witnesses. The board or hearing committee shall have the authority to issue subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses, administer oaths, and take testimony concerning all matters within the jurisdiction of the board. The circuit court of the county wherein the hearing is to take place shall have authority, on application of the board, to enforce obedience to the subpoenas and orders of the board concerning such testimony.

(e) An application for reinstatement may be made to the board one year from the date of revocation of a license. The board may at its discretion accept or reject an application to consider such reinstatement.

(Acts 1989, No. 89-866, p. 1733, §14.)