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New Mexico Statutes Chapter 61. Professional and Occupational Licenses § 61-12A-8. Board created

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A. The “board of examiners for occupational therapy” is created.

B. The board shall be administratively attached to the regulation and licensing department.

C. The board shall consist of five members appointed by the governor who have been residents of the state for at least two years preceding the appointment.

D. Three members shall be licensed under the provisions of the Occupational Therapy Act;  have a minimum of five years' professional experience, with two years' experience in New Mexico;  and have not had their licenses suspended or revoked by this or any other state.  One of the professional members may be an occupational therapy assistant and one of the professional members may be a retired occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, who has been retired for no more than five years at the time of appointment.

E. Two members shall represent the public.  The two public members shall have no direct interest in the profession of occupational therapy.  The public members shall not:

(1) have been convicted of a felony;

(2) be habitually intemperate or be addicted to the use of habit-forming drugs or be addicted to any other vice to such a degree as to render the member unfit to fulfill his board duties and responsibilities;  or

(3) be guilty of a violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

F. Appointments shall be made for staggered terms of three years with no more than two terms ending at any one time.  A board member shall not serve more than two consecutive terms.  Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the governor prior to the next scheduled board meeting.

G. An individual member of the board shall not be liable in a civil or criminal action for an act performed in good faith in the execution of his duties as a member of the board.

H. Members of the board shall be reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses as provided in the Per Diem and Mileage Act and shall receive no other compensation, perquisite or allowance.

I. A simple majority of the board members currently serving shall constitute a quorum of the board for the conduct of business.

J. The board shall meet at least four times a year and at other times as it deems necessary.  Additional meetings may be convened at the call of the president of the board or on the written request of any two board members to the president.  Meetings of the board shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Act.

K. A member failing to attend three consecutive meetings, unless excused as provided by board policy, shall automatically be recommended for removal as a member of the board.

L. At the beginning of each fiscal year, the board shall elect a president, vice president and secretary-treasurer.

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