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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1541         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 252

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Paul McMurtry

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act providing for provisional licensure for speech-language pathologists or audiologists.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1541        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 252

By Mr. McMurtry of Dedham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 252) of Paul McMurtry for legislation to provide for provisional licensure for speech-language pathologist or audiologist.  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2696 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act providing for provisional licensure for speech-language pathologists or audiologists.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting, after section 144A, the following section:- 

              Section 144B. (a) The board shall issue a provisional license as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist to each applicant who meets the requirements set forth in this section.  It shall issue the provisional license to each person so licensed, which shall be conclusive evidence of the right of such person to practice for a period of supervised professional practice in the area in which a license under section 144 is being sought and required by the national certifying body for speech-language pathology and audiology. The provisional license shall be valid for no longer than the period of supervised professional practice. 

              (b) To be eligible for license by the board as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, an applicant shall:

              (1) be of good moral character; and

              (2) possess at a minimum (a) a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and (b) a master’s degree or its equivalent in the area of speech-language pathology or audiology granted by an educational institution which incorporates academic course work and the minimum hours of supervised training required by the national certifying body for speech-language pathology and audiology.

              (c) The applicant for the provisional license as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist shall apply to the board in writing on an application form prescribed and furnished by the board. At the time of filing the application, an applicant for a provisional license shall pay to the board a fee which shall be set by the secretary of administration and finance.  

              SECTION 2.  Section 146 of said chapter 112, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after the number “144” in line 3 and line 9, in each instance, the following words:- or section 144B .

              SECTION 3.  Notwithstanding any general or special law, or rule or regulation to the contrary, insurance companies shall accept the provisional license of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist as a full license for the purpose of credentialing clinicians.

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