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It is declared to be a policy of this state that it is necessary to provide regulatory authority over persons offering speech-language pathology and audiology services to the public in order to:
      (1) Safeguard the public health, safety and welfare;
      (2) Protect the public from being misled by incompetent, unscrupulous and unauthorized persons;
      (3) Protect the public from unprofessional conduct by qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists; and
      (4) Help ensure the availability of the highest possible quality speech-language pathology and audiology services to people of this state who have communication disabilities.