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S.B. 101





Chief Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

House Sponsor: Christine F. Watkins

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Acupuncture Licensing Act by amending definitions and the
             10      membership of the Acupuncture Licensing Board.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    amends the definition of acupuncture-related adjunctive therapies to include:
             14              .    modern research and other therapies designated by division rule; and
             15              .    the administration or provision of dietary guidelines, herbs, supplements, and
             16      homeopathics;
             17          .    states that the division shall make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3,
             18      Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act;
             19          .    amends the Acupuncture Licensing Board membership to include four licensed
             20      acupuncturists instead of two and removes one physician and one other licensed
             21      health care practitioner from the board membership; and
             22          .    makes technical changes.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             28      AMENDS:
             29          58-72-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 90
             30          58-72-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 90
             31      ENACTS:
             32          58-72-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 58-72-102 is amended to read:
             36           58-72-102. Acupuncture licensing -- Definitions.
             37          In addition to the definitions in Section 58-1-102 , as used in this chapter:
             38          (1) "Board" means the Acupuncture Licensing Board created in Section 58-72-201 .
             39          (2) "Licensed acupuncturist," designated as "L.Ac.," means a person who has been
             40      licensed under this chapter to practice acupuncture.
             41          (3) "Moxibustion" means a heat therapy that uses the herb moxa to heat acupuncture
             42      points of the body.
             43          (4) (a) "Practice of acupuncture" means the insertion of acupuncture needles and
             44      application of moxibustion to specific areas of the body based on traditional oriental medical
             45      diagnosis and [concepts] modern research as a primary mode of therapy.
             46          (b) Adjunctive therapies within the scope of the practice of acupuncture may include:
             47          (i) manual, mechanical, thermal, electrical, light, and electromagnetic treatments based
             48      on traditional oriental medical diagnosis and [concepts] modern research;
             49          (ii) the recommendation, administration, or provision of dietary guidelines, herbs,
             50      supplements, homeopathics, and therapeutic exercise based on traditional oriental medical
             51      diagnosis and [concepts] modern research according to practitioner training; and
             52          (iii) the practice described in Subsections (4)(a) and (b) on an animal to the extent
             53      permitted by:
             54          (A) Subsection 58-28-307 (12);
             55          (B) the provisions of this chapter; and
             56          (C) division rule.
             57          (c) "Practice of acupuncture" does not include:
             58          (i) the manual manipulation or adjustment of the joints of the body beyond the elastic

             59      barrier; or
             60          (ii) the "manipulation of the articulation of the spinal column" as defined in Section
             61      58-73-102 .
             62          (5) "Unprofessional conduct" is as defined in Sections 58-1-501 and 58-72-503 , and as
             63      may be further defined by rule.
             64          Section 2. Section 58-72-103 is enacted to read:
             65          58-72-103. Rulemaking.
             66          When exercising rulemaking authority under this chapter, the division shall comply
             67      with the requirements of Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
             68          Section 3. Section 58-72-201 is amended to read:
             69           58-72-201. Acupuncture Licensing Board.
             70          (1) There is created an Acupuncture Licensing Board consisting of:
             71          (a) [two] four licensed acupuncturists; and
             72          [(b) one physician with knowledge of and experience in acupuncture;]
             73          [(c) one other licensed health care practitioner with knowledge of and experience in
             74      acupuncture; and]
             75          [(d)] (b) one member from the general public.
             76          (2) The board shall be appointed and serve in accordance with Section 58-1-201 .
             77          (3) (a) The duties and responsibilities of the board shall be in accordance with Sections
             78      58-1-202 and 58-1-203 .
             79          (b) In addition, the board shall designate one of its members on a permanent rotating
             80      basis to:
             81          (i) assist the division in reviewing complaints concerning the unlawful or
             82      unprofessional conduct of a licensee; and
             83          (ii) advise the division in its investigation of these complaints.
             84          (4) A board member who has, under Subsection (3), reviewed a complaint or advised
             85      in its investigation may be disqualified from participating with the board when the board serves
             86      as a presiding officer in an adjudicative proceeding concerning the complaint.

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    as of 2-2-12 11:09 AM

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