32-1704. Powers and duties of the board
A. The board shall adopt, and may amend, rules consistent with this chapter governing the practice of the profession of optometry, for the performance of its duties under this chapter and for the examination of applicants for licenses. The board shall adopt and use a seal, administer oaths and take testimony concerning any matter within its jurisdiction.
B. The board may not adopt a rule that:
1. Regulates a licensee's fees or charges to a patient.
2. Regulates the place in which a licensee may practice.
3. Prescribes the manner or method of accounting, billing or collection of fees.
4. Prohibits advertising by a licensee unless the advertising is inconsistent with section 44-1481.
C. The board shall maintain its records in accordance with a retention schedule approved by the Arizona state library, archives and public records.
D. The board shall adopt rules for criteria it must use to approve continuing education programs for licensees. Programs shall be designed to assist licensees to maintain competency, to become aware of new developments in the practice of the profession of optometry and to increase management skills and administrative efficiency. The board shall approve programs that meet these criteria.
E. Subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4, the board may hire an executive director as an employee of the board. The executive director is responsible for the performance of the regular administrative functions of the board and such other administrative duties as the board may direct. The executive director is eligible to receive compensation in an amount as determined pursuant to section 38-611.
F. The board may hire investigators subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4 or contract with investigators to assist in the investigation of violations of this chapter, hire other employees subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4 required to carry out this chapter and contract with other state agencies when required to carry out this chapter.
G. The board may:
1. Appoint advisory committees.
2. Issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, records, documents and other evidence it deems relevant to an investigation or hearing.
3. Charge reasonable fees for materials it has printed at its own expense.
4. Delegate to the executive director, board staff and persons with whom the board contracts the board's licensing and regulatory duties. The board shall adopt rules for each specific licensing and regulatory duty the board delegates pursuant to this paragraph.
H. Subject to title 41, chapter 4, article 4, the board may hire consultants and professional and clerical personnel as required to perform its duties.
I. The board may contract with other state or federal agencies as required to carry out this chapter.
J. Subject to the limitations of section 41-2544, the executive director may enter into agreements to allow licensees to pay fees by alternative methods, including credit cards, charge cards, debit cards and electronic funds transfers.
K. A person who is aggrieved by an action taken by the executive director, board staff or person with whom the board contracts may request the board to review that action by filing with the board a written request within thirty days after that person is notified of the action by personal delivery or certified mail to that person's last known residence or place of business. At the next regular board meeting, the board shall review the action and approve, modify or reject the action.
L. The board shall report allegations of evidence of criminal wrongdoing to the appropriate criminal justice agency.