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Relating to the procedure for certain complaints against health care practitioners.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 2115 addresses situations in which a licensing board of a healthcare profession receives a complaint about a professional who is licensed by a different board. In that situation the board that receives the complaint would be required to forward the complaint on to the appropriate licensing board and would not be allowed to investigate the complaint unless it is sent back to them for investigation by the licensing board with jurisdiction over the licensed professional who is the subject of the complaint.
While we do not support most occupational licensure and encourage the legislature to reduce licensure at every possible opportunity, we do recognize that so long as there are licensed occupations each licensed occupation should only be subject to the jurisdiction of its own licensing board rather than any board that happens to field a complaint. This bill would moderately support individual liberty for licensed healthcare professionals by limiting the circumstances under which they would be subject to the jurisdiction of a licensing entity different from the one they are licensed under. For this reason we support SB 2115.