Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately provide for the licensing of certain speech-language pathologist and audiologist, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 666 of the acts of 1982 is hereby amended by striking out section 4 and inserting in place thereof the following two sections:-
Section 4. The board shall be empowered to waive requirements relative to education and experience for licensure, under unusual and extenuating circumstances, as determined by the board. In each such case, the board shall prepare written findings of the unusual and extenuating circumstances warranting each individual waiver, and attesting to such individual's qualifications found by the board to support such waiver.
Section 4A. Any person who applied to the board for a license on or before August first, nineteen hundred and eighty-five shall have masters level education requirements waived provided said applicant was actively engaged in the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology in the commonwealth for a period of one continuous year, between January seventh, nineteen hundred and eighty-three to June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and eighty-five, inclusive, and has been issued a certificate from the department of education for the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology in the commonwealth.
SECTION 2. This act shall cease to be operative as of January first, nineteen hundred and eighty-seven.