Board's Power and Scope Greatly Expanded in 1995

AAC LEADERS FUHR, PETERSEN AND WEATHERSBY GAVE BOARD POWER TO ENFORCE UNDEFINED "RECOGNIZED STANDARDS IN CHIROPRACTIC"

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Prior to 1995, the law only gave the Chiropractic Board the power to discipline your license if you practiced contrary to recognized standards of ethics in chiropractic. In 1995, the Chiropractic Board and the AAC, lead by Drs. Terry Petersen and Arlan Fuhr, championed the law which now requires DCs to take 12 hours of CE per year. Unknown to almost all at the time, the law also removed the words "of ethics" thus allowing the Board now to discipline your license if you practice contrary to recognized standards in chiropractic. The Board now examines every clinical aspect of your practice based on this single 1995 change. Read the legislation from 1995 here. ACS tries every year in the Legislature to restore the words "of ethics" but the Board and its proxy, the AAC, join together to block the effort and maintain the Board's broad invasive powers.

In 2008, Senator Carolyn Allen, Chairwoman of the Senate Health Committee, introduced SB 1271 to restore "of ethics" to the law. The AAC, on behalf of the Board, opposed the bill, arguing the status quo is acceptable. The division in the profession caused the bill to die without a hearing. You can read the bill here. In Arizona, ACS attempts to reign in Board excesses while the AAC defends the Board at every juncture.