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AB-1932 United States armed services: healing arts boards.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2012

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1932


Introduced  by Cook Assembly Member Gorell
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Cook)

February 22, 2012


An act to add Section 710.2 to the Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1932, as amended, Cook Gorell. United States armed services: healing arts boards.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of various healing arts professions and vocations by boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law requires the rules and regulations of these healing arts boards to provide for methods of evaluating education, training, and experience obtained in military service if such training is applicable to the requirements of the particular profession or vocation regulated by the board. Under existing law, the Department of Veterans Affairs has specified powers and duties relating to various programs serving veterans.
This bill would require, by January 1, 2014, and annually thereafter, every healing arts board to issue a specified written report to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Legislature, as specified, that clearly details the methods of evaluating the education, training, and experience obtained in military service and whether that education, training, and experience is applicable to the board’s requirements for licensure. The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature in this regard.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 710 of the Business and Professions Code was enacted in 1969 and because healing arts boards have not demonstrated significant compliance with that section, it is the intent of the Legislature to establish an annual reporting requirement to compel these boards to provide information about the methods of evaluating education, training, and experience obtained in military service in order to meet the needs of the upcoming wave of armed service members returning to civilian life.

SEC. 2.

 Section 710.2 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

710.2.
 (a) By January 1, 2014, and annually thereafter, every healing arts board described in this division shall issue a written report to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to the Legislature that clearly details the methods of evaluating the education, training, and experience obtained in military service and whether that education, training, and experience is applicable to the board’s requirements for licensure. This written report shall include, but not be limited to, quantitative information about the number of service members who have applied for and have used their military education, training, and experience to fulfill the board’s requirements for licensure.
(b) (1) The requirement to submit a report to the Legislature under subdivision (a) shall be inoperative on January 1, 2018, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(2) A report to the Legislature shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.