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Sunset Regulation of Respiratory Therapy

Concerning the continuation of the regulation of respiratory therapy, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations in the 2023 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2024 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The act implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies (department), as specified in the department's sunset review of the regulation of respiratory therapy, as follows:

  • The act continues the regulation of respiratory therapy for 11 years, until September 1, 2035;
  • The definition of respiratory therapy in current law includes certain treatments of patients pursuant to a prescription issued by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or certified midwife. The act expands the definition to also include a prescription issued by a physician assistant.
  • Current law exempts an unregistered polysomnographic technologist (technologist) who practices respiratory therapy from the state regulatory requirements for respiratory therapists if the technologist is practicing under the supervision of a respiratory therapist, physician, or certain other practitioner. The act narrows this exemption to practices that do not exceed oxygen titration with pulse oximetry and noninvasive positive pressure ventilation titration.

APPROVED by Governor May 15, 2024

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    05/15/2024 Signed Act PDF
    05/02/2024 Final Act PDF
    04/24/2024 Rerevised PDF
    04/23/2024 Revised PDF
    04/11/2024 Reengrossed PDF
    04/10/2024 Engrossed PDF
    02/12/2024 Introduced PDF


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. R. English, Rep. R. Holtorf
Sen. J. Ginal



Rep. M. Duran, Rep. E. Hamrick, Rep. M. Snyder, Rep. S. Woodrow

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details