Previous Legislative Updates and Board Legislative Positions

2020 BOARD LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

The Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (Board) took the following positions on pending legislation in 2020.


AB 613 (Low) Dentists: clinical laboratories: license examinations

Location: Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee

Status: Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(13).

Board Position: Support

Bill Summary: This bill would have authorized all boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs to increase licensing fees once every four years based on the California Consumer Price Index for the preceding four years. This bill was amended on June 29, 2020 to address dental clinical laboratories.


AB 1263 (Low) Contracts: consumer services: consumer complaints

Location: Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee

Status: Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(13).

Board Position: Watch

Bill Summary: This bill would have prohibited a licensee from contracting for a consumer service that limits a consumer's ability to file a complaint with the licensing board or participate in an investigation into the licensee by the licensing board. A violation of this provision would constitute unprofessional conduct and be subject to discipline by the regulatory board.


AB 1616 (Low) Department of Consumer Affairs: boards: expunged convictions

Location: Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee

Status: Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(13).

Board Position: Watch

Bill Summary: This bill would have required boards that post information on their website about a revoked license due to a criminal conviction to update or remove information about the revoked license within 90 days of the board receiving an expungement order related to the conviction. The person seeking the change would be required to pay a $50.00 fee to the board.


AB 2028 (Aguiar-Curry) State agencies: meetings

Location: Senate Floor

Status: Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(18).

Board Position: Oppose

Bill Summary: The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requires state bodies to provide an opportunity for the public to directly address the body on each agenda item. This bill would have deleted an exemption for public comment, and required state bodies to provide the public an opportunity to address the body for agenda items that were previously discussed.


AB 2113 (Low) Refugees, asylees, and special immigrant visa holders: professional licensing: initial licensure process

Status: Chapter 186, Statutes of 2020

Board Position: Watch

Bill Summary: This bill requires a board within the Department of Consumer Affairs to expedite, and authorizes it to assist, the initial licensure process for an applicant who supplies satisfactory evidence to the board that they are a refugee, have been granted political asylum, or have a special immigrant visa. The bill authorizes a board to adopt regulations necessary to administer these provisions.


AB 2520 (Chiu) Access to medical records

Status: Chapter 101, Statutes of 2020

Board Position: Support

Bill Summary: Current law requires a health care provider to provide a patient or the patient's representative with all or any part of the patient's medical records that the patient has a right to inspect, subject to the payment of clerical costs incurred in locating and making the records available, following a written request from the patient. Current law requires the health care provider to provide one copy of the relevant portion of the patient's record at no charge if the patient or patient's representative presents proof to the provider that the records are needed to support an appeal regarding eligibility for a public benefit program. This bill adds speech-language pathologists, audiologists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to the definition of a health care provider for the purposes of this requirement. This bill also requires a health care provider to provide an employee of a nonprofit legal services entity representing the patient a copy of the medical records at no charge under those conditions.


AB 2549 (Salas) Department of Consumer Affairs: temporary licenses

Location: Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee

Status: Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(13).

Board Position: Watch

Bill Summary: Current law requires a board within the Department of Consumer Affairs to issue certain types of temporary licenses if the applicant meets specified requirements, including that the applicant provides evidence that the applicant is married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in this state under official active duty military orders and the applicant holds a current, active, and unrestricted license in another state, district, or territory of the United States. This bill would have required a board to issue a temporary license within 30 days of receiving the required documentation. This bill would have also expanded the requirement to issue temporary licenses to include licenses issued by the Veterinary Medical Board, the Dental Board of California, the Dental Hygiene Board of California, the California State Board of Pharmacy, the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, the Board of Psychology, the California Board of Occupational Therapy, the Physical Therapy Board of California, and the California Board of Accountancy.


AB 3045 (Gray) Department of Consumer Affairs: boards: veterans: military spouses: licenses

Location: Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee

Status: Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(13).

Board Position: Watch

Bill Summary: Current law requires a board within the Department of Consumer Affairs to issue certain types of temporary licenses if the applicant meets specified requirements, including that the applicant provides evidence that the applicant is married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in this state under official active duty military orders and the applicant holds a current, active, and unrestricted license in another state, district, or territory of the United States. This bill would have required boards not subject to these temporary licensing provisions to issue licenses if the applicant meets specified requirements, including providing evidence that the applicant is an honorably discharged veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States or is married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States.


SB 878 (Jones) Department of Consumer Affairs: license: application: processing timeframes

Status: Chapter 131, Statutes of 2020

Board Position: Watch

Bill Summary: This bill, beginning July 1, 2021, requires each board within the Department of Consumer Affairs that issues licenses, on at least a quarterly basis, to prominently display on its internet website either the current average timeframes for processing initial and renewal license applications or the combined current average timeframe for processing both initial and renewal license applications.


SB 1474 (Senate B&P Committee) Business and Professions

Status: Chapter 312, Statutes of 2020

Board Position: Watch

Bill Summary: This bill, among other things, extends the sunset date for various boards, including the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board from January 1, 2022 until January 1, 2023. This bill also prohibits a contract for the provision of a consumer service by a licensee regulated by a licensing board from including a provision limiting the consumer's ability to file a complaint with that board or to participate in the board's investigation into the licensee.


SB 1168 (Morrell) State agencies: licensing services

Location: Senate Appropriations Committee

Status: Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8).

Board Position: Watch

Bill Summary: This bill would have required a state agency that issues any business license to establish a process for a person or business that is experiencing economic hardship as a result of an emergency caused by a virus to submit an application for deferral of fees required by the agency to obtain a license, renew or activate a license, or replace a physical license for display.