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Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure 2021-2022

The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 and took action on the following bill:

SB 869 (Tomlinson/Boscola) Amending Title 63 (Professions and Occupations) to provide authorization for virtual board and commission meetings as well as quorums, and virtual continuing education and supervision.

  • The bill was reported out of committee unanimously.

HB 245 (Kaufer) The bill amends the Medical Practice Act of 1985 to provide for changes in licensure requirements for international medical school student graduates, requiring two years of clinical residency instead of three.

Amendment A02237 – permitting institutional licenses under state board of medicine to teach or practice at more than two affiliated institutions – current regulations limit them to two facilities. (Amendment was adopted unanimously.)

  • The bill, as amended, was reported out of committee unanimously.

HB 1182 (Schlegel-Culver) The bill amends the Barbers’ License Law of 1931 to authorize licensed barber schools to provide up to 50% of their instruction though distance education i.e., virtual education.

  • The bill was reported out of committee unanimously.

HB 1183 (Schlegel-Culver) The bill amends the Cosmetology Law of 1933 to authorize licensed cosmetology schools to provide up to 50% of their instruction though distance education i.e., virtual education.

  • The bill was reported out of committee unanimously.

The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from the chamber and took action on the following bill:

Senate Bill 25 (Bartolotta) Amends the Professional Nursing Law (No. 69 of 1951) to further provide for the scope of practice for certified registered nurse practitioners.

  • The bill was reported out of committee with Senators Gordner and Regan voting in the negative.

The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee met on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 and took action on the following bills:

Senate Bill 397 (Pittman) Amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (No. 261 of 1978) to provide for updates to the practice of physician assistants, permanent representation on the state Osteopathic Medical Board, and physician supervisory oversight.

A01477 (Pittman) makes numerous changes to the bill based off of stakeholder meetings, including: audit process for filed written agreements, scope of practice, establishing supervisory ratios and requiring the board to establish regulations.

      • The amendment was adopted unanimously.
    • The bill as amended was reported out of committee unanimously.

Senate Bill 398 (Pittman) Amends the Medical Practice Act (No. 112 of 1985) to provide for updates to the practice of physician assistants, permanent representation on the state Medical Board, and physician supervisory oversight.

A01478 (Pittman) makes numerous changes to the bill based off of stakeholder meetings, including: audit process for filed written agreements, scope of practice, establishing supervisory ratios and requiring the board to establish regulations.

      • The amendment was adopted unanimously.
    • The bill as amended was reported out of committee unanimously.

Senate Bill 416 (Gordner) Amends the Professional Nursing Law (No. 69 of 1951) to provide for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).

A01437 (Gordner) makes numerous changes to the bill based off of stakeholder meetings, including: definition changes, certification process for CRNAs, educational requirements for licensing, biennial certification/renewal requirements, authorization of the state board of nursing to promulgate regulations under the change in law.

      • The amendment was adopted unanimously.
    • The bill as amended was reported out of committee unanimously.

The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure committee met on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 and took action on the following bill:

Senate Bill 597 (Stefano) Amends Title 27 (Environmental Resources) by adding a new chapter requiring for asset management plans to be filed by water and wastewater operators in the Commonwealth.

A01131 (Stefano) is a gut-and-replace amendment which moves the requirements of the bill to a new chapter in Title 66 (Public Utilities) and placing the obligation of filing to be done with the Public Utility Commission.

      • The amendment was adopted unanimously.
    • The bill as amended was reported out of committee, with Senator Kane voting in the negative.

 


The Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure committee on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 and took action on the following bills:

Senate Bill 82 (Brooks) Amends the Automobile Lemon Law (No. 28 of 1984) by adding motorcycles under the coverage of the law.

  • The bill was reported out unanimously (with Senator Regan on personal leave).

Senate Bill 115 (Boscola) This legislation authorizes the Commonwealth to join the National Nurse Licensure Compact; a 35-member state compact that recognizes licensure reciprocity for nurses.

A00562 (Collett) adds language to the bill pertaining to required reporting of nurse compliments in hospitals; requires the posting of reports; defining roles within hospitals; adding whistleblower protections for employees in these settings and establishes Department of Health monitoring or reports and compliance by hospitals.  The amendment failed by a vote of 4-9 with Sens. Collett, Kane, Santarsiero and Tartaglione voting in the affirmative.

  • The bill was reported out of committee with Senators Kane, Santarsiero and Tartaglione voting in the negative.

Senate Bill 236 (Brooks) Amends the Telemarketer Registration Act by prohibiting telemarketers from spoofing phone numbers and prohibiting robocalls by telemarketers after 8 p.m.

  • The bill was reported out unanimously (with Senator Regan on personal leave).

Senate Bill 435 (Mensch) Amends the Public Utility Code (Title 66) by creating a new section regulating electric vehicle charging stations and infrastructure development and deployment.

  • The bill was reported out unanimously (with Senator Regan on personal leave).