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AB-706 Medical Board of California: licenses.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/15/2017 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 706


Introduced by Assembly Member Patterson

February 15, 2017


An act to amend Section 2423 of, and to repeal Section 2422 of, the Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 706, as introduced, Patterson. Medical Board of California: licenses.
Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of specific health care professions by the Medical Board of California or a licensing and regulatory authority within the jurisdiction of that board. The Medical Practice Act determines the expiration of, and governs the renewal of, certificates, licenses, registrations, and permits issued by or under the Medical Board of California, including physician and surgeon’s certificates, certificates to practice podiatric medicine, physical therapy licenses and approvals, registrations of research psychoanalysts, registrations of dispensing opticians, registrations of nonresident contact lens sellers, registrations of spectacle lens dispensers, registrations of contact lens dispensers, certificates to practice midwifery, and fictitious-name permits. Under the act, physician and surgeon’s certificates, certificates to practice podiatric medicine, registrations of spectacle lens dispensers and contact lens dispensers, and certificates to practice midwifery expire on the last day of the birth month of the licensee during the 2nd year of a 2-year term. Under that act, registrations of dispensing opticians expire on the last day of the month in which the license was issued during the 2nd year of a 2-year term.
This bill would instead have all of the above licenses expire at the end, as provided, of a 2-year period from the date the license was issued.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2422 of the Business and Professions Code is repealed.
2422.

All licenses expire and become invalid at 12 midnight on the last day of February of each even-numbered year if not renewed.

To renew an unexpired license, a licensee shall, on or before the date it would otherwise expire, apply for renewal on a form prescribed by the licensing authority and pay the prescribed renewal fee.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2423 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

2423.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 2422: All physician and surgeon’s certificates, certificates to practice podiatric medicine, registrations of dispensing opticians, spectacle lens dispensers, and contact lens dispensers, and certificates to practice midwifery shall expire at 12 midnight on the last day of the month in which the license was issued during the second year of a two-year term commencing from the date of issuance.

(1)All physician and surgeon’s certificates, certificates to practice podiatric medicine, registrations of spectacle lens dispensers and contact lens dispensers, and certificates to practice midwifery shall expire at 12 midnight on the last day of the birth month of the licensee during the second year of a two-year term if not renewed.

(2)Registrations of dispensing opticians will expire at midnight on the last day of the month in which the license was issued during the second year of a two-year term if not renewed.

(b)The Division of Licensing shall establish by regulation procedures for the administration of a birth date renewal program, including, but not limited to, the establishment of a system of staggered license expiration dates such that a relatively equal number of licenses expire monthly.

(c)

(b) To renew an unexpired license, the licensee shall, licensee, on or before the dates date on which it would otherwise expire, shall apply for renewal on a form prescribed by the licensing authority and pay the prescribed renewal fee.