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SB 133 (2021)

Omnibus bill on licenses and business regulation, from music therapists to food distribution

Summary:

This is an omnibus bill related to the license and regulation of various occupations.

First, this bill amends the definition of licensing agency to include the state fire marshal for purposes of licensing places of assembly.

Second, this bill establishes a limited plumbing specialist license.  The Senate voted to remove this part of the bill.

Third, this bill repeals the emergency medical services personnel licensure interstate compact.

Fourth, this bill allows public members to preside at adjudicative hearings of the Board of Nursing.

Fifth, this bill clarifies that the Professional Standards Board overseeing schools must include 3 members representing higher education and 6 members representing education administration.  The House voted to remove this part of the bill.

Sixth, this bill adopts the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Compact and the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact.

Seventh, this bill establishes licensure for music therapists. The House voted to remove this part of the bill.

Eighth, this bill establishes procedures for the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification to investigate misconduct, conduct disciplinary hearings, and implement penalties.

Ninth, this bill clarifies the law around "skilled professional medical personnel."  The House voted to remove this part of the bill.

Tenth, this bill allows licensure as nursing assistants for individuals who served as temporary health partners for a minimum of 100 hours prior to April 1, 2021, in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

Eleventh, this bill gives the state more flexibility to decide whether or not to revoke a license for an emergency medical services provider.

Twelfth, this bill makes some small changes to the law governing apprenticeship for barbering, cosmetology, and esthetics, for example banning a requirement to provide a social security number to get an apprentice certificate.

Thirteenth, this bill rewrites the law governing telemedicine provided by out of state psychologists.

Lastly, this bill makes extensive changes to the law governing food production and distribution.  The Senate amended this part of the bill to establish the role of Certified Food Protection Manager.

The House added a new part of the bill to allow child care workers to qualify as assistant teachers by "life experience," rather than formal education.

Bill Became Law?:
Yes
Status Detail:
Signed by Governor
Bill Sponsor:

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