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H.B. 384





Chief Sponsor: Tim M. Cosgrove

Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides exceptions to professional state licensure for veterans and active duty
             10      spouses.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides an exception to state licensure for active duty spouses for some professions
             14      provided the spouse holds a license in another recognized jurisdiction and the
             15      license is valid and in good standing;
             16          .    allows the Department of Health to take military education, training, and experience
             17      into consideration when certifying or licensing persons under the Emergency
             18      Medical Services System; and
             19          .    adds military education and training programs to programs the Division of
             20      Occupational and Professional Licensing considers for licensing.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          26-8a-106, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1999, Chapter 141

             28          58-1-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 241
             29          58-1-307, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 242
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 26-8a-106 is amended to read:
             33           26-8a-106. Waiver of rules.
             34          (1) Upon application, the committee or department may waive the requirements of a
             35      rule it has adopted if:
             36          (a) the person applying for the waiver satisfactorily demonstrates that:
             37          (i) the waiver is necessary for a pilot project to be undertaken by the applicant;
             38          (ii) in the particular situation, the requirement serves no beneficial public purpose; or
             39          (iii) circumstances warrant that waiver of the requirement outweighs the public benefit
             40      to be gained by adherence to the rule; and
             41          (b) for a waiver granted under Subsection (1)(a)(ii) or (iii), the committee or
             42      department:
             43          (i) extends the waiver to similarly situated persons upon application; or
             44          (ii) amends the rule to be consistent with the waiver.
             45          (2) A waiver of education, licensing, or certification requirements may be granted to a
             46      veteran, as defined in Section 71-8-1 , if the veteran:
             47          (a) provides to the committee or department documentation showing military education
             48      and training in the field in which certification or licensure is sought; and
             49          (b) successfully passes any examination required, unless the department or committee
             50      determines the examination is unnecessary.
             51          [(2)] (3) No waiver may be granted under this section that is inconsistent with the
             52      provisions of this chapter.
             53          Section 2. Section 58-1-203 is amended to read:
             54           58-1-203. Duties, functions, and responsibilities of division in collaboration with
             55      board -- Construction Services Commission.
             56          (1) The following duties, functions, and responsibilities of the division shall be
             57      performed by the division with the collaboration and assistance of the appropriate board:
             58          (a) defining which schools, colleges, universities, departments of universities, military

             59      educational and training programs, or other institutions of learning are reputable and in good
             60      standing with the division;
             61          (b) prescribing license qualifications;
             62          (c) prescribing rules governing applications for licenses;
             63          (d) providing for a fair and impartial method of examination of applicants;
             64          (e) defining unprofessional conduct, by rule, to supplement the definitions under this
             65      chapter or other licensing chapters;
             66          (f) establishing advisory peer committees to the board and prescribing their scope of
             67      authority; and
             68          (g) establishing conditions for reinstatement and renewal of licenses.
             69          (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), the duties, functions, and responsibilities of the
             70      division outlined in Subsection (1) shall, instead, be performed by the Construction Services
             71      Commission for all purposes of Title 58, Chapter 55, Utah Construction Trades Licensing.
             72          Section 3. Section 58-1-307 is amended to read:
             73           58-1-307. Exemptions from licensure.
             74          (1) Except as otherwise provided by statute or rule, the following individuals may
             75      engage in the practice of their occupation or profession, subject to the stated circumstances and
             76      limitations, without being licensed under this title:
             77          (a) an individual serving in the armed forces of the United States, the United States
             78      Public Health Service, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or other federal
             79      agencies while engaged in activities regulated under this chapter as a part of employment with
             80      that federal agency if the individual holds a valid license to practice a regulated occupation or
             81      profession issued by any other state or jurisdiction recognized by the division;
             82          (b) a student engaged in activities constituting the practice of a regulated occupation or
             83      profession while in training in a recognized school approved by the division to the extent the
             84      activities are supervised by qualified faculty, staff, or designee and the activities are a defined
             85      part of the training program;
             86          (c) an individual engaged in an internship, residency, preceptorship, postceptorship,
             87      fellowship, apprenticeship, or on-the-job training program approved by the division while
             88      under the supervision of qualified individuals;
             89          (d) an individual residing in another state and licensed to practice a regulated

             90      occupation or profession in that state, who is called in for a consultation by an individual
             91      licensed in this state, and the services provided are limited to that consultation;
             92          (e) an individual who is invited by a recognized school, association, society, or other
             93      body approved by the division to conduct a lecture, clinic, or demonstration of the practice of a
             94      regulated occupation or profession if the individual does not establish a place of business or
             95      regularly engage in the practice of the regulated occupation or profession in this state;
             96          (f) an individual licensed under the laws of this state, other than under this title, to
             97      practice or engage in an occupation or profession, while engaged in the lawful, professional,
             98      and competent practice of that occupation or profession;
             99          (g) an individual licensed in a health care profession in another state who performs that
             100      profession while attending to the immediate needs of a patient for a reasonable period during
             101      which the patient is being transported from outside of this state, into this state, or through this
             102      state;
             103          (h) an individual licensed in another state or country who is in this state temporarily to
             104      attend to the needs of an athletic team or group, except that the practitioner may only attend to
             105      the needs of the athletic team or group, including all individuals who travel with the team or
             106      group in any capacity except as a spectator;
             107          (i) an individual licensed and in good standing in another state, who is in this state:
             108          (i) temporarily, under the invitation and control of a sponsoring entity;
             109          (ii) for a reason associated with a special purpose event, based upon needs that may
             110      exceed the ability of this state to address through its licensees, as determined by the division;
             111      and
             112          (iii) for a limited period of time not to exceed the duration of that event, together with
             113      any necessary preparatory and conclusionary periods; [and]
             114          (j) a law enforcement officer, as defined under Section 53-13-103 , who:
             115          (i) is operating a voice stress analyzer in the course of the officer's full-time
             116      employment with a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency;
             117          (ii) has completed the manufacturer's training course and is certified by the
             118      manufacturer to operate that voice stress analyzer; and
             119          (iii) is operating the voice stress analyzer in accordance with Section 58-64-601 ,
             120      regarding deception detection instruments[.]; and

             121          (k) the spouse of an individual serving in the armed forces of the United States while
             122      the individual is stationed within this state, provided:
             123          (i) the spouse holds a valid license to practice a regulated occupation or profession
             124      issued by any other state or jurisdiction recognized by the division; and
             125          (ii) the license is current and the spouse is in good standing in the state of licensure.
             126          (2) (a) A practitioner temporarily in this state who is exempted from licensure under
             127      Subsection (1) shall comply with each requirement of the licensing jurisdiction from which the
             128      practitioner derives authority to practice.
             129          (b) Violation of a limitation imposed by this section constitutes grounds for removal of
             130      exempt status, denial of license, or other disciplinary proceedings.
             131          (3) An individual who is licensed under a specific chapter of this title to practice or
             132      engage in an occupation or profession may engage in the lawful, professional, and competent
             133      practice of that occupation or profession without additional licensure under other chapters of
             134      this title, except as otherwise provided by this title.
             135          (4) Upon the declaration of a national, state, or local emergency, a public health
             136      emergency as defined in Section 26-23b-102 , or a declaration by the President of the United
             137      States or other federal official requesting public health-related activities, the division in
             138      collaboration with the board may:
             139          (a) suspend the requirements for permanent or temporary licensure of individuals who
             140      are licensed in another state[. Individuals exempt under this Subsection (4)(a) are exempt from
             141      licensure] for the duration of the emergency while engaged in the scope of practice for which
             142      they are licensed in the other state;
             143          (b) modify, under the circumstances described in this Subsection (4) and Subsection
             144      (5), the scope of practice restrictions under this title for individuals who are licensed under this
             145      title as:
             146          (i) a physician under Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act, or Chapter 68, Utah
             147      Osteopathic Medical Practice Act;
             148          (ii) a nurse under Chapter 31b, Nurse Practice Act, or Chapter 31c, Nurse Licensure
             149      Compact;
             150          (iii) a certified nurse midwife under Chapter 44a, Nurse Midwife Practice Act;
             151          (iv) a pharmacist, pharmacy technician, or pharmacy intern under Chapter 17b,

             152      Pharmacy Practice Act;
             153          (v) a respiratory therapist under Chapter 57, Respiratory Care Practices Act;
             154          (vi) a dentist and dental hygienist under Chapter 69, Dentist and Dental Hygienist
             155      Practice Act; and
             156          (vii) a physician assistant under Chapter 70a, Physician Assistant Act;
             157          (c) suspend the requirements for licensure under this title and modify the scope of
             158      practice in the circumstances described in this Subsection (4) and Subsection (5) for medical
             159      services personnel or paramedics required to be certified under Section 26-8a-302 ;
             160          (d) suspend requirements in Subsections 58-17b-620 (3) through (6) which require
             161      certain prescriptive procedures;
             162          (e) exempt or modify the requirement for licensure of an individual who is activated as
             163      a member of a medical reserve corps during a time of emergency as provided in Section
             164      26A-1-126 ; and
             165          (f) exempt or modify the requirement for licensure of an individual who is registered as
             166      a volunteer health practitioner as provided in Title 26, Chapter 49, Uniform Emergency
             167      Volunteer Health Practitioners Act.
             168          (5) Individuals exempt under Subsection (4)(c) and individuals operating under
             169      modified scope of practice provisions under Subsection (4)(b):
             170          (a) are exempt from licensure or subject to modified scope of practice for the duration
             171      of the emergency;
             172          (b) must be engaged in the distribution of medicines or medical devices in response to
             173      the emergency or declaration; and
             174          (c) must be employed by or volunteering for:
             175          (i) a local or state department of health; or
             176          (ii) a host entity as defined in Section 26-49-102 .

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