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Sunset Continue Licensing Audiologists

Concerning the continuation of the licensing of audiologists, and, in connection therewith, implementing recommendations contained in the 2019 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2020 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - House Health and Insurance Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the licensing of audiologists by combining the audiologist practice act with the hearing aid provider practice act and by:

  • Continuing the licensing of audiologists for 11 years, to 2031 ( sections 5 and 6 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Requiring licensees and insurance carriers to report any malpractice settlements or judgments to the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies within 30 days ( section 1 sections 4, 6, 9, and 10 );
  • Requiring final agency actions to be appealed directly to the court of appeals ( section 2 7 );
  • Amending the language in the grounds for discipline referring to an alcohol or substance use disorder ( section 3 4 ); and
  • Restoring the deceptive trade practice provisions related to the sale of hearing aids ( section 4 sections 3 and 8 ). and
  • Making conforming amendments necessary to combine the audiologist practice act with the hearing aid provider practice act and make the additional recommended changes ( sections 7 through 35 ).

Additionally, the bill requires each audiologist to complete at least 10 hours of continuing education each renewal period ( section 5 ).

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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