(a) The board is authorized to charge and collect fees to defray expenses incurred in the registration and issuance of Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Registration Certificates and the administration of the provisions of this article. The types and amounts of fees shall be established in rules adopted by the board. The fees shall be retained by the board and may be expended for the general operation of the board.
(b) The board may require an assistant to physician who has been found to be in violation of Section 20-2-64 or whose application for a Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Registration Certificate or its renewal or reinstatement has been denied, to pay the administrative costs, fees, and expenses of the board incurred in connection with any proceedings before the board referred to in Section 20-2-65 or in connection with any investigation of the board to determine eligibility of an applicant for a Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Registration Certificate including, but not limited to, the actual costs of independent medical review and expert testimony, fees, and expenses paid to outside counsel by the board, deposition, costs, travel expenses for board staff, charges incurred for obtaining documentary evidence, and such other categories of expenses as may be prescribed in rules published by the board. Payment of any such costs, fees, or expenses ordered by the board shall be made and enforced in the same manner as an administrative fine.
(c) Any administrative fine assessed by the board shall be paid to the board and shall not exceed the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each violation of any of the provisions of Section 20-2-64, or any rule or regulation promulgated by the board. Any administrative fine collected by the board may be expended for the general operation of the board.