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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
The bill would add Chapter 116 of the Occupations Code. This chapter would apply to Chapters 401, 453, and 454 and Subtitles B, C, D, E, F, J, and K.
The bill would require a licensing entity to expunge a disciplinary action from a health care professional’s record on the entity’s public website if:
the health care professional applies to the licensing entity for removal;
The bill would require the Health Professions Council to
adopt policies and standards to promote consistency in the implementation of Chapter
116, and provide the adopted measures to each licensing entity.
The legislation establishes a high threshold in order for a health care professional’s disciplinary action to be expunged from the licensing entity’s website. However, we would encourage legislators to exercise caution before passing such legislation since ‘minor violation’ is not clearly defined.
We remain neutral on HB 3974 since the bill neither abridges nor advances our liberty principles.