|Posted:||January 17, 2017 10:01 AM|
|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 Mensch, Vance Schwank, Hughes, Rafferty, Boscola and Browne last session as Senate Bill 538.
Introduced as SB354