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S.B. 226 Enrolled

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PROFESSIONAL LICENSING AMENDMENTS

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: John L. Valentine

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House Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies unlawful conduct provisions under Title 58, Occupations and
             10      Professions.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that it is unlawful conduct for a licensee who has had a license reinstated
             14      following disciplinary action, to practice an occupation or profession using a
             15      different name than the name used before the disciplinary action; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23           58-1-501 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 262
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             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 58-1-501 is amended to read:
             27           58-1-501. Unlawful and unprofessional conduct.
             28          (1) "Unlawful conduct" means conduct, by any person, that is defined as unlawful
             29      under this title and includes:


             30          (a) practicing or engaging in, representing oneself to be practicing or engaging in, or
             31      attempting to practice or engage in any occupation or profession requiring licensure under this
             32      title if the person is:
             33          (i) not licensed to do so or not exempted from licensure under this title; or
             34          (ii) restricted from doing so by a suspended, revoked, restricted, temporary,
             35      probationary, or inactive license;
             36          (b) (i) impersonating another licensee or practicing an occupation or profession under a
             37      false or assumed name, except as permitted by law; or
             38          (ii) for a licensee who has had a license under this title reinstated following disciplinary
             39      action, practicing the same occupation or profession using a different name than the name used
             40      before the disciplinary action, except as permitted by law and after notice to, and approval by,
             41      the division;
             42          (c) knowingly employing any other person to practice or engage in or attempt to
             43      practice or engage in any occupation or profession licensed under this title if the employee is
             44      not licensed to do so under this title;
             45          (d) knowingly permitting the person's authority to practice or engage in any occupation
             46      or profession licensed under this title to be used by another, except as permitted by law;
             47          (e) obtaining a passing score on a licensure examination, applying for or obtaining a
             48      license, or otherwise dealing with the division or a licensing board through the use of fraud,
             49      forgery, or intentional deception, misrepresentation, misstatement, or omission; or
             50          (f) (i) issuing, or aiding and abetting in the issuance of, an order or prescription for a
             51      drug or device to a person located in this state:
             52          (A) without prescriptive authority conferred by a license issued under this title, or by
             53      an exemption to licensure under this title; or
             54          (B) with prescriptive authority conferred by an exception issued under this title or a
             55      multistate practice privilege recognized under this title, if the prescription was issued without
             56      first obtaining information, in the usual course of professional practice, that is sufficient to
             57      establish a diagnosis, to identify underlying conditions, and to identify contraindications to the


             58      proposed treatment; and
             59          (ii) Subsection (1)(f)(i) does not apply to treatment rendered in an emergency, on-call
             60      or cross coverage situation, provided that the person who issues the prescription has
             61      prescriptive authority conferred by a license under this title, or is exempt from licensure under
             62      this title.
             63          (2) "Unprofessional conduct" means conduct, by a licensee or applicant, that is defined
             64      as unprofessional conduct under this title or under any rule adopted under this title and
             65      includes:
             66          (a) violating, or aiding or abetting any other person to violate, any statute, rule, or order
             67      regulating an occupation or profession under this title;
             68          (b) violating, or aiding or abetting any other person to violate, any generally accepted
             69      professional or ethical standard applicable to an occupation or profession regulated under this
             70      title;
             71          (c) engaging in conduct that results in conviction, a plea of nolo contendere, or a plea
             72      of guilty or nolo contendere which is held in abeyance pending the successful completion of
             73      probation with respect to a crime of moral turpitude or any other crime that, when considered
             74      with the functions and duties of the occupation or profession for which the license was issued
             75      or is to be issued, bears a reasonable relationship to the licensee's or applicant's ability to safely
             76      or competently practice the occupation or profession;
             77          (d) engaging in conduct that results in disciplinary action, including reprimand,
             78      censure, diversion, probation, suspension, or revocation, by any other licensing or regulatory
             79      authority having jurisdiction over the licensee or applicant in the same occupation or profession
             80      if the conduct would, in this state, constitute grounds for denial of licensure or disciplinary
             81      proceedings under Section 58-1-401 ;
             82          (e) engaging in conduct, including the use of intoxicants, drugs, narcotics, or similar
             83      chemicals, to the extent that the conduct does, or might reasonably be considered to, impair the
             84      ability of the licensee or applicant to safely engage in the occupation or profession;
             85          (f) practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession regulated under this


             86      title despite being physically or mentally unfit to do so;
             87          (g) practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession regulated under this
             88      title through gross incompetence, gross negligence, or a pattern of incompetency or negligence;
             89          (h) practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession requiring licensure
             90      under this title by any form of action or communication which is false, misleading, deceptive,
             91      or fraudulent;
             92          (i) practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession regulated under this
             93      title beyond the scope of the licensee's competency, abilities, or education;
             94          (j) practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession regulated under this
             95      title beyond the scope of the licensee's license;
             96          (k) verbally, physically, mentally, or sexually abusing or exploiting any person through
             97      conduct connected with the licensee's practice under this title or otherwise facilitated by the
             98      licensee's license;
             99          (l) acting as a supervisor without meeting the qualification requirements for that
             100      position that are defined by statute or rule;
             101          (m) issuing, or aiding and abetting in the issuance of, an order or prescription for a
             102      drug or device:
             103          (i) without first obtaining information in the usual course of professional practice, that
             104      is sufficient to establish a diagnosis, to identify conditions, and to identify contraindications to
             105      the proposed treatment; or
             106          (ii) with prescriptive authority conferred by an exception issued under this title, or a
             107      multi-state practice privilege recognized under this title, if the prescription was issued without
             108      first obtaining information, in the usual course of professional practice, that is sufficient to
             109      establish a diagnosis, to identify underlying conditions, and to identify contraindications to the
             110      proposed treatment;
             111          (n) violating a provision of Section 58-1-501.5 ; or
             112          (o) violating the terms of an order governing a license.


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