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AB-2410 Athletic trainers.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/18/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2410


Introduced by Assembly Member Cunningham
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Mullin)

February 18, 2020


An act to add Chapter 2.6 (commencing with Section 18898) to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to athletic trainers, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2410, as introduced, Cunningham. Athletic trainers.
Existing law provides for the regulation of various professions and vocations, including those of an athlete agent.
This bill would make it unlawful for any person to hold themselves out as an athletic trainer, use the title of, among others, athletic trainer, or to use specified terms to imply or suggest that the person is an athletic trainer, unless that person fulfills certain requirements, including, but not limited to, being certified by the Board of Certification, Inc., or its predecessors or successors, or by another certifying entity with comparable standards for certifying athletic trainers. The bill would make it an unfair business practice to use the title “athletic trainer,” “certified athletic trainer,” or other specified terms that imply or suggest that the person is an athletic trainer if the person does not meet the requirements.
This bill, notwithstanding these provisions, would authorize a person who has worked as an athletic trainer in California for a period of 20 consecutive years prior to January 1, 2021, and who is not otherwise eligible to use the title “athletic trainer,” to use that title.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 2.6 (commencing with Section 18898) is added to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  2.6. Athletic trainers

18898.
 (a)   A person shall not hold themselves out to be an athletic trainer, use the title “athletic trainer,” “certified athletic trainer,” “licensed athletic trainer,” “registered athletic trainer,” or any other term such as “AT,” “ATC,” “LAT,” or “CAT” to imply or suggest that the person is an athletic trainer, unless the person meets the following requirements:
(1) The person has done either of the following:
(A) Graduated from a college or university after completing an athletic training education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, or its predecessors or successors.
(B) Completed eligibility requirements for certification by the Board of Certification, Inc., or its predecessors or successors, or from another certifying entity with comparable standards for certifying athletic trainers.
(2) The person is certified by the Board of Certification, Inc., or its predecessors or successors, or by another certifying entity with comparable standards for certifying athletic trainers.
(b) It is an unfair business practice within the meaning of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 17200) of Part 2 of Division 7 for a person to use the title “athletic trainer,” “certified athletic trainer,” “licensed athletic trainer,” “registered athletic trainer,” or any other term such as “AT,” “ATC,” “LAT,” or “CAT,” that implies or suggests that the person is an athletic trainer, if the person does not meet the requirements of subdivision (a).

18899.
 Notwithstanding Section 18898, a person who has worked as an athletic trainer in California for a period of 20 consecutive years prior to January 1, 2021, and who is not otherwise eligible to use the title “athletic trainer,” may use the title “athletic trainer.”

SEC. 2.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to ensure both student and professional athletes have access to necessary athletic trainer services from qualified individuals at the earliest possible time, it is necessary that this bill take effect immediately.