(a) Effective October 1, 2009, the existing Alabama State Board of Prosthetists and Orthotists is abolished. Notwithstanding the foregoing, members on the board serving on October 1, 2009, shall continue to serve until their successors are appointed. Effective October 1, 2009, a new Alabama State Board of Prosthetists and Orthotists is created to administer this chapter and shall be composed of nine members as provided in this section who shall be compensated at the rate of one hundred dollars ($100) per day plus travel expenses for each day they perform their duties. The board membership shall reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban and rural, and economic diversity of the state and each member of the board shall be a citizen of this state. The Attorney General of the state shall act as legal advisor of the board and shall render such legal assistance as may be necessary in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 34-25A-8

  • board: The Alabama State Board of Prosthetists and Orthotists. See Alabama Code 19-3-85
  • physician: A person who is a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathy licensed to practice. See Alabama Code 19-3-85
  • podiatrist: A person licensed or authorized to practice podiatry pursuant to Article 6 of Chapter 24. See Alabama Code 19-3-85
  • President pro tempore: A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608

(b) After October 1, 2009, members shall be appointed as follows:

(1) Three by the Governor of the State of Alabama two of whom shall be appointed for four year initial terms and one of whom shall be appointed to a one year initial term, one of whom shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter and is certified by an entity accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA); one of whom shall be a private citizen of the State of Alabama who is a consumer of orthotic or prosthetic services; and one of whom shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Alabama.

(2) Two by the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alabama one for an initial term of four years and one for an initial term of two years, both of whom shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter and certified by an entity accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

(3) Two by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State of Alabama for initial terms of three years, one of whom is a podiatrist licensed to practice in the State of Alabama and one of whom shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter and certified by an entity accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

(4) One by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of the State of Alabama for an initial term of two years, who shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter and certified by an entity accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

(5) One by the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives of the State of Alabama for an initial term of one year who shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter and certified by an entity accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

(c) Regarding the board created by Act 2009-300, all initial appointments to the board shall be made no later than 60 days after July 1, 2009.

(d) Regarding the board created by Act 2009-300, the Alabama Prosthetic and Orthotic Association shall submit its list of nominees for initial appointments to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives no later than 15 days after July 1, 2009. Applications from private citizens who are consumers of orthotic or prosthetic care and from authorized health care practitioners shall be submitted to the appointing authorities within 30 days of July 1, 2009.

(Act 2002-527, p. 1376, §8; Act 2003-275, p. 649, §1; Act 2006-302, p. 628, §1; Act 2009-300, p. 510, §1; Act 2010-145, p. 206, §3.)