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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 20, 2017 03:05 PM
From: Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro
To: All House members
Subject: Medical Advisory Board- Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist
 
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation which amends Title 75 (Vehicles), Section 1517 (Medical Advisory Board), to add a certified driving rehabilitation specialist to the medical advisory board.

A certified driving rehabilitation specialist is an individual who plans, develops, coordinates and implements driver rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities and is certified by a national organization.

Currently, the board is made up of 13 members, including a neurologist, a doctor of cardiovascular disease, a doctor of internal medicine, a general practitioner, an ophthalmologist, a psychiatrist, an orthopedic surgeon and an optometrist. The duty of the board is to advise the Department of Transportation on issues concerning physical and mental criteria relating to the licensing of drivers.

In its current makeup, the board is lacking the professional advice from a certified driving rehabilitation specialist, one who works directly with accommodating those who are disabled but capable of driving.

It is only fitting that professionals who work directly with providing such accommodations be represented on the board.

Colleagues, please consider joining me in co-sponsoring the important legislation.



Introduced as HB1079