On Thursday, February 14, 2013 during House Appropriations Subcommittee testimony, the Executive Director of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Yvette Yarbrough, confessed her intent to turn the Board of Examiners into an armed police agency and requested more tax dollars be sent her way. A legislative alert released by the Texas Chiropractic Association documented the cockamamy exchange:
Question by Rep. Brian Hughes: “Do you guys have armed peace officers that work for the organization (TCBE) at this time?”
Answer by Executive Director Yvette Yarbrough: “No….But, I would love to have it….It is something we would like in the future….It is part of our strategic plan.”
Question by Rep. Cecil Bell: “You need an armed force to do what?”
Answer by Executive Director Yvette Yarbrough: “Even though we have statutory authority to inspect facilities…sometimes if you meet resistance…this would help us in that regard, and additionally help us in obtaining some information.”
Yvette Yarbrough’s notion that her agency needs armed officers can only be described as offensive, feeble minded, and baseless. Exactly what kind of resistance by a doctor in his or her own office requires confrontation at gunpoint to gather information? I support law enforcement, I don’t support Ms. Yarbrough’s goal of misusing officers as armed thugs to “deal with resistance” and “get information”.
That’s Not All
Ms. Yarbrough “explained” her agency’s request for an additional $366,800 was necessary for two field investigators, a $10,000 per year pay raise for “key employees”, and for an administrative assistant for herself.
Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) was able to make some sense out of this epic stumble, “The Board is now saying that they want to increase your taxes; they call it fees; but, it is taxes. And, they’re saying they want to increase the salaries of their employees $10,000 each. At the same time, Chiropractors are seeing a decrease in the amount they receive while additional regulations are foisted upon them-while one in twenty are portrayed as bad apples….I adamantly disagree with this.”
Don’t Allow This Insanity to Proceed
I view this as nothing more than a move designed to promote bureaucracy and further one selfish person’s empire at the expense of tax payers and doctors. If you agree then you need to speak up on the matter and let the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners know that you believe Ms. Yvette Yarbrough’s position to be completely unacceptable. If you don’t support the unnecessary presence of gun-toters at the doctor’s office or strong-armed, intimidation tactics then it’s time to call for Ms. Yvette Yarbrough to retract her statement and explain herself. If she can’t get her vision into check with what actually is best for the people and state of Texas, then she should resign or be relieved of her duties, immediately.
If this ploy offends you, as it does me, email your vote of “No Confidence” to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy the Texas Chiropractic Association at email@example.com.
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