Panel Moves To Restore Budget for California Chiropractic Board
On Monday, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to restore the budget of the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The committee approved $1.5 million for the board, setting the stage to restore the board's original $3 million budget. The move would require approval from the full Senate, as well as the Assembly.
In 2007, the Legislature cut the board's budget in half because of controversial actions, including the removal of its executive director without due process and violations of state open-meeting laws.
Brian Stiger, executive director of the board, said when the funding comes through, the board will be able to take action on 20 disciplinary cases that are pending with the attorney general's office. Stiger also said the board, which licenses and monitors about 15,000 chiropractors in California, will rehire staff and adopt reforms that were suggested in a recent audit (Hill, Sacramento Bee, 4/8).