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SB-480 Law enforcement uniforms.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 07/01/2020 09:10 AM
SB480:v96#DOCUMENT

Corrected  July 09, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  July 27, 2020
Amended  IN  Senate  January 14, 2020
Amended  IN  Senate  January 09, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 480


Introduced by Senator Archuleta

February 21, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 2072 of the Business and Professions Code, Section 13655 to the Penal Code, relating to healing arts. law enforcement uniforms.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 480, as amended, Archuleta. Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee. Law enforcement uniforms.
Existing law prohibits the wearing of a military uniform, as specified, by any person not authorized to wear that uniform.
This bill would prohibit, with certain exceptions, a law enforcement agency from authorizing or allowing its employees to wear a uniform that is substantially similar, as described, to a uniform of the United States Armed Forces.

Existing law, the Medical Practice Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons by the Medical Board of California. The act authorizes a medical assistant, as defined, to perform specified treatment activities under designated conditions, and requires the board to adopt and administer regulations that establish standards for technical supportive services that medical assistant is authorized to perform. Existing law, the Radiologic Technology Act, provides for the certification and regulation of radiologic technologists by the State Department of Public Health.

This bill, until January 1, 2023, would require the board to establish the Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee for the purpose of identifying the appropriate training, qualifications, and scope of practice for individuals providing assistance to radiologists. The bill would require the advisory committee to research and recommend potential statutory changes to grant expanded practice authority to certified radiologic technologists or medical assistants working under the supervision of a radiologist, as specified, and would require the advisory committee to submit a report of the research and recommendations of the advisory committee to the board, the Governor, and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2022. The bill would require the Medical Board of California and the Department of Public Health to adopt regulations to implement these recommendations.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13655 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

13655.
 (a) A department or agency that employees peace officers shall not authorize or allow its employees to wear a uniform that is substantially similar to any uniform of the United States Armed Forces.
(b) For purposes of this section, a uniform shall not be deemed to be substantially similar to a uniform of the United States Armed Forces if it includes at least two of the following three components: a badge or star or facsimile thereof mounted on the chest area, a patch on or both sleeves displaying the insignia of the employing agency or entity, and the word “Police” or “Sheriff” prominently displayed across the back or chest area of the uniform.
(c) This section applies to personnel who are assigned to uniformed patrol, uniformed crime suppression, or uniformed duty at an event or disturbance. It does not apply to members of a swat team, sniper team, or tactical team engaged in a tactical response or operation.

SECTION 1.Section 2072 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:
2072.

(a)The board shall establish the Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee for the purpose of identifying the appropriate training, qualifications, and scope of practice for individuals providing assistance to radiologists.

(b)For purposes of this section, “radiologist” means a physician and surgeon licensed by the board who is certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology.

(c)The Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall be composed of the following:

(1)Two members of the board who shall be appointed by the board.

(2)One member of the Department of Public Health Radiologic Technology Certification Committee who shall be appointed by the Director of Public Health.

(3)One representative from the California Department of Veterans Affairs with direct experience assisting veterans in utilizing military training and experience for civilian job and career opportunities who shall be appointed by the Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

(4)Two radiologists, at least one of whom is representative of the hospital practice of radiology, who shall be appointed by the Governor.

(5)Two radiologic technologists who have been certified pursuant to Section 114870 of the Health and Safety Code for at least five years who shall be appointed by the Governor.

(6)Two representatives of a radiologic technology training program or radiologist assistant training program who shall be appointed by the Governor.

(7)One member who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

(8)One member who shall be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.

(d)The Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall research and recommend potential statutory changes to grant expanded practice authority to certified radiologic technologists or medical assistants working under the supervision of a radiologist by doing all of the following:

(1)Analyzing the effectiveness of the practice of medical assistants authorized pursuant to this chapter and the practice of radiologist assistants.

(2)Determining the appropriateness of specialty medical assistant licensure.

(3)Determining necessary revisions, if any, to regulations adopted pursuant to Section 2071 to promote workforce development in the field and ensure patient access to services.

(4)Evaluating, if appropriate, the regulatory recognition of radiologist assistants in other states.

(5)Evaluating where equivalencies in military training and experience exist and where the transfer of skills gained through military service may be utilized in determining the requirements for work in radiographic technology, including as a radiologist assistant, and in the medical assistant field.

(e)Members of the Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall serve without compensation.

(f)(1)The Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall submit a report that includes the research and recommendations specified in subdivision (d) to the board, the Governor, and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2022. Any reports submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(2)The Radiologist Assistant Advisory Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity, but the board and Department of Public Health shall adopt regulations to implement relevant recommendations and information contained in the report required by paragraph (1).

(g)This section shall be repealed on January 1, 2023.

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