Legislative Audit concluded that the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board (Board) is operating in the public's best interest and should continue to regulate physical and occupational therapists. The Board safeguards the public interest by promoting the competence and integrity of those who practice in this field and continues to improve its effectiveness and ensure therapists are licensed in the State of Alaska. Accordingly, SB 254 extends the sunset date of the Board to June 30, 2014 for an eight-year extension.
This audit was conducted under revisions made last session to the sunset process. The standard sunset period for occupational boards and non-occupational boards was changed from "not to exceed four years" to "not to exceed eight years". Additionally, to better measure operational performance, two new criteria were added to statute that must be considered in the course of a sunset review by the auditors:
The extent to which the board, commission, or agency has effectively attained its objectives and the efficiency with which it has operated.
The extent to which the board, commission, or agency duplicates the activities of another governmental agency or the private sector.