Given that a budget for the 2012-2012 biennium has not yet been enacted, the Board has been receiving questions concerning a possible state shutdown. The Board does not yet know how it would be affected by a shutdown, which will begin on July 1, 2011 if it actually occurs. During the 2005 shutdown, the Board continued to perform certain critical functions, such as inspections and complaint investigations. However, the majority of the Board’s staff was temporarily laid off.
This year, the Board has submitted required paperwork and has tried to make the case that it must once again perform critical functions, including inspections, complaint investigations, disciplinary activities and the issuance of certain licenses. However, a decision has not yet been made concerning what, if any, functions that the Board would be allowed to perform in teh event that a shutdown does occur. The Board will provide the profession and the public with updates as it receives them.
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