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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 14, 2021 10:51 AM
From: Senator Robert M. Tomlinson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Modernization of BPOA State Board Meetings and Functions
Throughout COVID-19, the 29 boards and commissions under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA), like many others, had to make adjustments on how they conducted business to meet the needs of their licensees and the Commonwealth as a whole.

To accommodate these changes and allow operations to continue, COVID-19 waivers were put in place. For the most part, these waivers were specific to address the pandemic. Through time, several waivers have been identified as “common sense” measures that should remain in place permanently.

Please join me in cosponsoring legislation that would allow the licensing boards and commissions to permanently continue to:
  • Utilize public virtual board meetings,
  • Establish quorums through public virtual means,
  • Provide licensees with the opportunity to receive virtual continuing education, and
  • Permit certain individuals who need clinical or supervision hours to qualify for licensure to be supervised virtually.
As continuing education and supervision are specific to each board or commission and licensee, this legislation grants each board and commission with the flexibility to provide a path forward to meet the needs of each license.

While there are many other waivers with merit, these pieces were chosen specifically chosen because they impact each of the board and commissions and can be unilaterally addressed without opening each individual practice acts under BPOA’s jurisdiction.

Thank you for your consideration of this legislation.

Introduced as SB869