AN ACT TO EXPEDITE OCCUPATIONAL LICENSURE FOR MILITARY SPOUSES; TO PUBLICIZE LICENSURE INFORMATION; TO REPORT DATA REGARDING APPLICANTS WHO ARE MILITARY SPOUSES AND APPLICANTS THAT HAVE MILITARY TRAINING, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE; AND TO ESTABLISH THE INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR THE PRACTICE OF AUDIOLOGY AND SPEECH PATHOLOGY.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Deletes the previous content of Part I and now provides the following.
Amends GS 93B-15.1 regarding licensure for individuals with military training and experience and licensure by endorsement for military spouses. Expands the statute to include licensure by State agency licensing boards. Shortens the time period by which an occupational licensing board or state agency licensing board must either issue a license, certification, or registration, or notify a military-trained applicant when their military training or experience does not satisfy the necessary criteria, from 30 days to 15 days after receiving an application. Also shortens the time by which the board must notify an applicant when the applicant has a pending complaint from 30 days to 15 days following the board receiving written notice of the disposition of the pending complaint. Makes the same changes to the those time periods as they apply to military spouse applications. Establishes similar provisions regarding applications by military spouses. Requires temporary practice permits to a military-trained applicant or military spouse meeting the specified requirements to be issued within 15 days after receiving an application. Requires the practice permit to be issued using the same information provided by the applicant in the licensure application. Allows a temporary practice permit to be denied or revoked for a pending complaint after providing the required notice. Additionally, requires the Secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to publish on the Department’s website both documents occupational licensing boards are required to publish on its website under the statute (previously, required licensure criteria to be published on the Department’s website, but did not place this responsibility on the Secretary). Tolls the issuance or notification time periods for boards requiring applicants to submit to a criminal background check until the board receives the completed record check.
Amends GS 93B-2 regarding annual reporting requirements for occupational licensing boards and State agency licensing boards. Adds to the required contents of the annual reports, requiring boards to report on the following data for both military-trained applicants and military spouses: the number of applicants, the number granted a license, the number denied a license for any reason, and a summary of the reasons for denial. Prohibits disclosure of any identifying information of any applicant in reporting this information. Additionally, amends GS 93B-15.1 to require the State Board of Education to report this same information regarding teacher licensure for military-trained applicants and military spouses. Lastly, amends GS 93B-2 to require all boards to annually electronically file the information collected on military-trained applicants and military spouses with the Secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Requires each occupational licensing board and State agency licensing board, by October 31, 2021, to include the data now specified under GS 93B-2, for fiscal year 2019-20 in the required annual reports.
Makes technical changes to proposed Article 2, Interstate Compact for Audiology and Speech Pathology, in GS Chapter 93B. Changes the effectiveness of Part II, now conditioned on at least 10 states enacting the Compact (was, effective on the date the act becomes law). Directs the Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists to report to the Revisor when this qualifying event occurs.
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