Senate Bill 220 revises provisions relating to the disclosure of certain information by certain licensing boards. Specifically, the bill:
- Authorizes a member or any agent of the various licensing boards to enter any premises where a licensed, certified, or permitted person is practicing to determine whether any violation of the law governing that profession has occurred;
- Provides for the filing of anonymous complaints concerning certain professions with the appropriate board;
- Requires each of the various licensing boards to forward to the appropriate law enforcement agency any substantiated information submitted to the board concerning unlicensed activity;
- Revises existing criminal penalties for physicians, osteopathic physicians, nurses, and pharmacists; and
- Authorizes various licensing boards to impose administrative fines against, issue citations to, and issue and serve orders to cease and desist on persons who engage in the unlicensed practice of certain professions.
The bill requires the Board of Medical Examiners to adopt regulations governing the possession and administration of Botox by a medical assistant or any other person. In addition, the State Board of Cosmetology and the Board of Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators are required to refer complaints concerning matters within the jurisdiction of certain other licensing boards to the other licensing boards.
Senate Bill 220 also requires that the Board of Cosmetology take reasonable actions to enable schools of cosmetology to receive federal financial assistance for their students. Before issuing a license to a school of cosmetology, the Board must determine whether the proposed school admits as regular students only persons who have received a certificate of graduation from high school, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate, or who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance. Finally, the bill specifies certain information that must be contained on the license issued by the Board.
Provisions requiring the Board of Cosmetology to take reasonable actions to enable schools of cosmetology to receive federal financial assistance for their students and provisions concerning the issuance of licenses for schools of cosmetology are effective on June 3, 2013. Other provisions of this bill are effective on October 1, 2013.