IDAHO SPEECH AND HEARING SERVICES BOARD

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, ID 83702-5642 

 

Conference Call Minutes of 1/6/2010

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Andrew J. Seitz - Chair

                                                             Gayle L Chaney

                                                             Jody S. O'Donnell

                                                             Leah D Whiteman, Eagle

                                                             Dennis J. Bell

                                                             Mary R. Reis

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:    Joanne M. Huylar

                                                           

 

BUREAU STAFF:                           Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                            Dawn Hall, Administrative Support Manager

                                                            Lori Peel, Investigative Unit Manager

                                                            Karl Klein, Administrative Attorney

                                                            Karin Magnelli, Deputy Attorney General

 

The meeting was called to order at 1:45 MST by Andrew J. Seitz.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Ms. Reis to approve the minutes of November 12, 2009. Ms. Whiteman seconded, and the motion carried.

 

 

DISCIPLINE

Ms. Magnelli, Deputy Attorney General, presented the following:

 

 

SHS-2010-2              (There were two complaints received against Respondent.) After review, the Board provided its recommendations to Ms. Magnelli for case SHS-2010-2.

 

SHS-2010-3              The Attorney General’s Office recommended closure of this case with a stern warning letter to Respondent. A motion was made by Ms. Chaney to follow the recommendation. Ms. Whiteman seconded, and the motion carried.

 

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

Ms. Peel presented the Investigative Report which is linked above.

 

For Board Determination:

            I-SHS-2009-2 and I-SHS-2009-4  Cs alleged that R failed to (1) provide a refund and (2) honor the warranty and provide a year’s supply of batteries as agreed to in the purchase agreement. The investigation revealed that the company R worked for is out of business, all phone numbers were disconnected, and R is owed back wages from the company. At its 8/27/09 meeting, the Board reviewed another complaint against the company and found it was the responsibility of the company, not the licensee, to honor the refund. In addition, the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division reports to IBOL that it is attempting to work out a settlement with the company on behalf of the consumers. Therefore IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure. A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell to authorize closure. Ms. Reis seconded, and the motion carried.

 

Internet Sales of Hearing Aids

A discussion of hearing aid sales on the internet was held. The Board requested Mr. Klein research and provide the Board with information regarding consumer protection.

 

Plaques for Past Board Members

After discussion, a motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell that a certificate be presented to past members of the Board. The certificate will be signed by the Board Chair on behalf of the entire Board. Ms. Chaney seconded, and the motion carried.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell that the Board go into executive session under Idaho Code 67-2345(d) to consider such records that are exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Law. The purpose of the Executive Session was to consider license applications submitted for board review. Ms. Reis seconded. The vote was: Mr. Bell, aye; Ms. O’Donnell, aye; Ms. Reis, aye; Ms. Chaney, aye; Ms. Whiteman, aye; and Chairman Seitz, aye. There were no nay votes.

 

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell to come out of executive session. Ms. Chaney seconded. The vote was: Mr. Bell, aye; Ms. O’Donnell, aye; Ms. Reis, aye; Ms. Chaney, aye; Ms. Whiteman, aye; and Chairman Seitz, aye. There were no nay votes.

 

 

APPLICATIONS

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell and seconded by Ms. Chaney to approve the following:

 

                        Approved for licensure:

                                                MAURICE-AMBROSE, MARLA                 SLP-1940

                                                FORTH, RYAN                                              HT-1938

                                                HOWELL, STEVEN                                     HT-1935

                                                LAWRENCE, JOHH                                     HT-1943

 

                        Approved for exam:

                                                HOWELL, STEVEN                                     HA-1934

Motion carried.

 

NEXT MEETING February 11th, 2010 9:00 AM MST

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Ms. Reis to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 pm. Mr. Bell seconded, and the motion carried.

 

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Andrew J. Seitz, Chair                                      Gayle L Chaney

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Jody S. O'Donnell                                            Leah D Whiteman, Eagle

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Dennis J. Bell                                                    Joanne M. Huylar

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Mary R. Reis                                                    Tana Cory, Bureau Chief