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SB 26 (BR 995) - J. Pendleton

     AN ACT relating to licensure of professionals who provide therapeutic care to persons with hearing and related communication disorders.
     Amend KRS 334A.020 to define "interim license," "provisional license," and "temporary license"; amend KRS 334A.035 to establish new requirements for an interim license to practice as a speech-language pathologist and a speech-language pathology assistant; require a person with an interim speech-language pathologist license who fails the national examination to submit documentation of preparation for the examination as required by the board; permit the applicant to continue to practice under the interim license with supervision as required in accordance with KRS 334A.035 for a period not to exceed 24 months, unless an extension is granted by the board; require a speech-language pathologist applicant with an interim license to apply for permanent licensure within 30 days of the completion of postgraduate professional experience; exempt a speech-language pathologist or audiologist employed by the public schools in a certified position and who holds a teacher certification in communication disorders issued by the Educational Professional Standards Board from licensure requirements; create new sections of KRS Chapter 334A to establish requirements for a provisional license to practice audiology under the supervision of an audiologist while completing a graduate professional experience; authorize the board administrator, with approval of the board, to issue a temporary license to any applicant for a license to practice as a speech-language pathologist, speech-language pathology assistant, or an audiologist if the applicant has met all the requirements for licensure until further action at the next meeting of the board; specify initial licensure requirements for speech-language pathologists and audiologists; require an applicant for initial licensure as an audiologist to hold a doctoral degree beginning January 1, 2009; permit the board to grant a license to an applicant licensed in another state; amend KRS 334A.170 to change the licensure renewal time period from annually to biennially and modify the associated fees accordingly.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)

     Jan 8-introduced in Senate; to Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations (S)

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