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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 6, 2015 03:26 PM
From: Senator Robert M. Tomlinson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Strengthening Licensee Reporting Requirements and Suspensions
Please join me in cosponsoring legislation to strengthen licensee reporting requirements to the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs’ 29 licensing boards and licensee suspensions.

Recent events regarding misconduct by licensees require that this law be strengthened. Under this legislation, all licensees, registrants and certificate holders would have an obligation to report any disciplinary conduct by any licensing board or an arrest, indictment or conviction. The bill provides a time frame for the individuals to make the report. Failure to report would result in disciplinary action.

In addition, serious crimes have been alleged against various licensees. This legislation would provide each licensing board and commission with authority identical to that provided to the Medical Boards. Each board would have the ability to automatically suspend a licensee, under circumstances determined by the respective licensing board, to be an “immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.” This remedy has been available to the Medical Boards since 1985.

This legislation was cosponsored by Senators Erickson, Washington, Rafferty, Baker, Schwank, Mensch and Solobay last session as Senate Bill 627.

Introduced as SB538