HB 29 (BR 215) - C. Siler
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 license to practice as a speech-language pathologist 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 speech-language pathologists and audiologist, employed by the public schools in certified positions and who hold 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 audiologist to hold a doctoral degree beginning January 1, 2008; 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 increase the associated fees accordingly.
HB 29 - AMENDMENTS
HCS - Retain original provisions except add terms to professional titles; delete provisions relating to provisional license; specify education requirements for an interim license and for initial licensure; specify requirements to grant a license to a person licensed in another state; permit inactive license status for up to 6 years; amend KRS 334A.040 to delete existing provisions relating to persons with out-of-state licenses; amend KRS 334A.070 to delete existing provisions relating to executive sessions of the board; amend KRS 334A.180 to permit the board to impose a fine not to exceed $5,000 in addition to taking action against a license and require documentation of continuing education to reinstate a license; create a new section of KRS 344A to provide civil and criminal immunity for board members and require representation as appropriate by a city, county, or Commonwealth's attorney, or the Attorney General.
SCS - Retain original provisions, except remove all new alternate descriptions a speech-language pathologist may use except "speech pathologist" and "verbal therapist"; require the board to promulgate administrative regulations for renewing a license that has been inactive for more than six years; reduce various fees to reflect the amounts needed to convert to biennial licensure; decrease the fine that may be levied against a license to $1,000; redefine "conviction" by removing offenses involving moral turpitude; make technical corrections.
SFA (1/Title, J. Denton) - Make title amendment.
SFA (2, J. Denton) - Add noncodified language to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to report to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare on or before September 1, 2008 on its progress toward the purchase of Kentucky's federal allotment of antiviral treatment under the subsidized price.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
Oct 3-To: Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare
Jan 8-introduced in House; to Health & Welfare (H)
Feb 11-posted in committee
Feb 28-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Feb 29-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 5-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, March 6, 2008
Mar 6-3rd reading, passed 97-0 with Committee Substitute
Mar 7-received in Senate
Mar 11-to Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations (S)
Mar 25-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
Mar 26-2nd reading, to Rules
Apr 1-floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1-title) filed
Apr 2-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for April 2, 2008; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day; 3rd reading, passed 37-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendments (1-title) and (2) ; received in House; to Rules (H)
Apr 14-taken from Rules; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute, floor amendments (1-title) and (2); House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute, floor amendments (1-title) and (2) ; passed 98-0; enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House
Apr 15-enrolled, signed by President of the Senate; delivered to Governor
Apr 24-signed by Governor (Acts Ch. 165)