00RS HB618


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HB 618/FN (BR 1985) - J. Jenkins, S. Cave, J. Stewart

     AN ACT relating to physical therapy practitioners.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 327 to establish a impaired physical therapy practitioners committee to identify, intervene, treat, and rehabilitate physical therapists and physical therapists' assistants impaired by illness, drug or alcohol abuse, or any physical or mental condition; include an assessment fee upon license or certificate renewal to be expended on the program; reporting procedures to the board; establish confidentiality of information to the board; amend several sections of KRS Chapter 327 to increase board membership to 7; set appointment term to 4 years; allow members to serve 2 successive terms; allow board a per diem not to exceed $120 while engaged in official duties; give the board authority to promulgate administrative regulations for the physical and mental examinations of physical therapists or physical therapists' assistants who may be considered impaired to practice; allow board to set renewal fees by promulgation of administrative regulations; add requirements for licensing for individuals educated outside the United States; add disciplinary actions taken by the board against licensees, certificate holders, or applicants; add sexual contact without consent and sexual harassment in the actions that constitute grounds for disciplinary action by the board; add that private admonishment of the licensee shall not be publicly disclosed; add that fees received and collected under the provisions of this chapter will be deposited into a revolving fund in the State Treasury to be used by the board to defray the costs of the provisions of this chapter; give the board authority to employ an executive director and other personnel.


     HCA (1, J. Jenkins) - Amend to clarify the board-approved supervised practice period for licensing applicants educated outside the United States; clarify waiver of requirements allowed the board for graduates of professional physical therapy education programs pre-approved by the board.
     HFA (1, J. Jenkins) - Amend to remove the conviction of a misdemeanor as required reporting for disciplinary actions against physical therapy practitioners.

     Feb 8-introduced in House
     Feb 9-to Health and Welfare (H)
     Feb 10-reassigned to Licensing and Occupations (H)
     Feb 17-posted in committee
     Feb 23-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendment (1)
     Feb 24-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 25-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, February 28, 2000
     Mar 1-floor amendment (1) filed
     Mar 2-3rd reading, passed 94-0 with committee amendment (1), floor amendment (1)
     Mar 3-received in Senate
     Mar 6-to Health and Welfare (S)
     Mar 16-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 17-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 22-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 23, 2000
     Mar 23-3rd reading, passed 38-0
     Mar 24-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 4-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 313)

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