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AB-2855 Veterinary Medical Board.(2019-2020)



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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2855


Introduced by Committee on Business and Professions (Assembly Members Low (Chair), Arambula, Chiu, Eggman, Gipson, Gloria, Grayson, Holden, Irwin, Mullin, and Ting)

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Sections 4800, 4804.5, and 4841.4 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2855, as introduced, Committee on Business and Professions. Veterinary Medical Board.
Existing law, the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, provides for the licensure and registration of veterinarians and the regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine by the Veterinary Medical Board in the Department of Consumer Affairs. Under the act, the repeal of the provision establishing the board renders the board subject to review by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature. The act restricts the review to those issues identified by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature and prohibits that review from involving the preparation or submission of a sunset review document or evaluative questionnaire. The act authorizes the board to appoint a person exempt from civil service as an executive officer with prescribed powers and duties. Existing law requires the board, by means of examination, to determine the professional qualifications of all applicants who wish to register as veterinary technicians in California. The act requires that examination to consist of a national licensing examination and an examination specific to the animal health care tasks limited to California registered veterinary technicians, as approved by the board.
The bill would remove the prohibition on a sunset review document or evaluative questionnaire. The bill would make a nonsubstantive change to the executive officer provision. The bill would limit the examination for veterinary technicians to a national licensing examination.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 4800 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

4800.
 (a) There is in the Department of Consumer Affairs a Veterinary Medical Board in which the administration of this chapter is vested. The board consists shall consist of the following eight members:
(1) Four licensed veterinarians.
(2) One registered veterinary technician.
(3) Three public members.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021, and as of that date is repealed.
(c) Notwithstanding any other law, the repeal of this section renders the board subject to review by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature. However, the review of the board shall be limited to those issues identified by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature and shall not involve the preparation or submission of a sunset review document or evaluative questionnaire.

SEC. 2.

 Section 4804.5 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

4804.5.
 The board may appoint a person exempt from civil service who shall be designated as an executive officer and who shall exercise the powers and perform the duties delegated by the board and vested in him or her them by this chapter.
This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 3.

 Section 4841.4 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

4841.4.
 (a)  The board shall, board, by means of examination, shall determine the professional qualifications of all applicants who wish to register as veterinary technicians in California. No A registration shall not be issued to anyone who has not demonstrated his or her their competency by examination.
(b) Subject to subdivision (d), the examination for veterinary technicians shall consist of both of the following: a national licensing examination.

(1)A national licensing examination.

(2)An examination specific to the animal health care tasks limited to California registered veterinary technicians, as approved by the board.

(c) The examinations may be given at the same time or at different times as determined by the board. For examination purposes, the board may make contractual arrangements on a sole source basis with organizations furnishing examination material as it may deem desirable and shall be exempt from Section 10115 of the Public Contract Code.
(d) The national licensing examination shall be implemented upon availability of the computerized examination on or after January 1, 2011.