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HB 2345, SB195, SB196 and SB 254 Put Licensing Boards on the Chopping Block

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Several Bills have been introduced that would eliminate certain healthcare licensing boards. They are: House Bill 2345, eliminating the State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Nurses; Senate Bill 195, eliminating the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board; Senate Bill 196, eliminating the Massage Therapy Licensing Board; and Senate Bill 254, eliminating the Nursing Home Administrators Board.

HB 2345 provides that the responsibilities and assets of the State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Nurses would be assumed by the State Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. No such provisions exist under SB 195, SB 196 or SB 254. No express reason is provided for the proposed elimination of these boards. Implicitly, the rationale is that - notwithstanding the concerns related to public health driving their original creation--- these boards are superfluous in light of the current budget crisis and the proposed legislation directs the assets of these boards be transferred to the General Fund. Only HB 2345 addresses how licensees (specifically, LPNs) will be licensed and supervised going forward.

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