Sunset Review

What is “Sunset Review?”

During the Fall of 2012 and the upcoming 2013 legislative session, the Veterinary Medical  Board, and approximately a dozen other boards, will be subject to “Sunset Review” by the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development.

Previous reviews of this type were conducted by a joint Assembly and Senate committee called the “Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee.” While that particular committee continues to exist, their new charge is to review Department and Agency budgets primarily, not the intricacies of specific healing arts or consumer boards. Instead, the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development has been taking the lead on the thorough analysis and review of the Boards under the Department of Consumer Affairs. They will hold initial hearings and will prepare recommendations that will later appear in legislation.

The purpose of Joint Legislative Sunset Review, which was created in 1994 by statute, is described by the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development as:

“The primary goal…is to systematically examine and evaluate all consumer boards and specified programs under the Department of Consumer Affairs, and assure they are carrying out their primary mission: ‘To protect the public against incompetent, negligent, fraudulent, deceptive, or other unscrupulous or illegal acts of licensed professionals or unlicensed persons posing as professionals, and provide for improved and effective service to the consumer and licensees.“‘

Additionally, the Committee notes that they are looking at a host of related issues including whether: “the board’s regulatory mission is impeded or enhanced by existing statutes, regulations, policies, practices, or any other circumstances, including budgetary, resource and personnel matters, “and” whether consumers are satisfied with the board’s treatment and response to their individual complaints.”

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