(a) The board shall:
(1) Administer, coordinate and enforce the provisions of this article, establish licensure fees, evaluate the qualifications of applicants, supervise the examination of applicants, register speech-language pathology and audiology assistants and issue and renew licenses;
(2) Investigate allegations of violations of this article and impose penalties if such violations of this article have occurred;
(3) Promulgate reasonable rules, in accordance with chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, including, but not limited to, rules that delineate qualifications for licensure; specify requirements for the renewal of licensure; set forth procedures for registering speech-language pathology and audiology assistants; and establish standards of professional conduct. Following their adoption, the rules shall govern and control the professional conduct of every person who holds a license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology or who is registered as a speech-language pathology and audiology assistant in this state;
(4) Have available the names of persons currently licensed and registered under the provision of this article;
(5) Employ such personnel as determined by its needs and budget;
(6) Request legal advice and assistance, as needed, from the attorney general;
(7) Enter into such contracts as necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this article;
(8) Hire legal counsel, if necessary;
(9) Establish a budget;
(10) Maintain reports of its operations and finances;
(11) Adopt an official seal (or seals) by which it shall authenticate its proceedings, copies of proceedings, records, acts of the board and licenses; and
(12) Communicate disciplinary actions to relevant state and federal authorities and to other state speech-language pathology and audiology licensing authorities.
(b) The conferral or enumeration of specific powers elsewhere in this article shall not be construed as a limitation of the general functions conferred by this section.
(c) No member of the board shall be liable to civil action for any act performed in good faith in the performance of his or her duties as prescribed by law.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session