(a) After receiving the required report, the joint standing committee on government organization may conduct public hearings to receive testimony from the public, the governor or his or her designee, the group, organization or individual who submitted the proposal for regulation, and any other interested party.
(b) The joint standing committee on government organization shall report its findings and recommendations to the next regular session of the Legislature.
(c) The report shall include:
(1) Whether regulation of each occupation or profession is necessary for the public health and safety and, if regulation is necessary, recommendations as to what is the least restrictive type of regulation consistent with the public interest; and
(2) Whether regulation would result in the creation of a new agency or board or could be implemented more efficiently through an existing agency or board.
(d) The report may include a recommendation that the occupation or profession be regulated by any of the following mechanisms, in whole or in part:
(1) By practice standards, which may include restrictions established by statute;
(2) By registration, which may include inspections or other enforcement provisions;
(3) By statutory certification, which may include testing or assessment of the practitioner's credential or competency;
(4) By supervision by a licensed practitioner, which may include practice standards, registration or statutory certification;
(5) By licensure by a new or existing agency or board, which may include restrictions of the scope of practice, minimum competency, education, testing, registration, certification, inspection or enforcement.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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