04RS SB206


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SB 206 (BR 2042) - B. Guthrie

     AN ACT relating to certifying surgical assistants.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 311 to license surgical assistants; define terms; exempt from licensure certain individuals; appoint six-member Advisory Committee for Surgical Assistants by Kentucky State Board of Medical Licensure to serve two-year terms with no policy-making authority; authorize board to promulgate administrative regulations to oversee surgical assistant program; require the board to develop public information pamphlets with regard to surgical assistants; require the board to keep a file on complaints written about surgical assistants; establish a procedure for addressing and investigating complaints; require medical professionals who work with surgical assistants to report to the board surgical assistant behavior that may pose a threat to the public welfare; establish qualifications for licensure and annual renewal; establish criteria for reciprocity; allow a grandfathering provision to qualifying surgical assistants prior to July 1, 2006; establish violations that the board may sanction and a process for a surgical assistant to appeal.


     SCS - Retain original provisions of bill except change "license" and "licensure" to "certificate" and "certification" of surgical assistants, respectively; and make technical corrections.

     SFA (1, B. Guthrie) - Retain original provisions of bill except change board meetings held at the request of the board to meetings held quarterly; include as a person who shall not serve as a member of the committee one who is subject to a disciplinary action; eliminate need for written request of health care entity regarding status of a complaint under active investigation; change effective date of grandfather provision from 2006 to 2005; and make technical corrections.

     HCS - Retain original provisions; amend KRS 327.040 to permit the Board of Physical Therapy to promulgate an administrative regulation to establish a measure of continued competency as a condition of license renewal for physical therapists.

     HCA (1/Title, T. Burch) - Make title amendment.

     HFA (1, L. Napier) - Retain original provisions of the bill; insert additional provisions that would allow persons who have served in the GA for 20 years and interned with a licensed attorney for one year to take the bar exam and, upon passing, be admitted to practice law.

     HFA (2/Title, L. Napier) - Make title amendment.

     Feb 19-introduced in Senate
     Feb 24-to Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations (S)
     Mar 3-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 4-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 8-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 9-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 10, 2004
     Mar 10-3rd reading, passed 38-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1)
     Mar 11-received in House
     Mar 15-to Health and Welfare (H); posted in committee
     Mar 18-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 19-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 22, 2004
     Mar 23-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2-title) filed ; 3rd reading, passed 90-0 with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 24-received in Senate
     Mar 25-posted for passage for concurrence in House Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) for Friday, March 26, 2004
     Mar 26-Senate concurred in House Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; passed 35-0
     Mar 29-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 9-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 126)

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