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ACT NO. 145

(H.770)

Professional Regulation; Miscellaneous Provisions

This act amends a variety of the statutes relating to regulation of professions attached to the Office of Professional Regulation in the Secretary of State's office. These changes include: standardization of certain provisions that apply to all professions; increase in the terms of board members from four to five years; increase in the fee for late renewal of a license; standardization of the per diem paid to board members and advisor appointees; temporary licenses for private detectives and security guards; adjustments to the public accountancy, architecture and veterinary practice acts; an increase in the continuing education requirements for real estate brokers and salespersons; and extensions of the grandfathering provisions for licensure of acupuncturists. The act directs the Office of Professional Regulation to make a preliminary assessment of whether any particular request for regulation meets the statutory criteria for regulation. This assessment is to be filed with the appropriate legislative standing committee prior to legislative consideration of any bill to regulate that profession. With respect to psychologists, clinical mental health counselors, clinical social workers and psychotherapists, the act broadens the exemption for persons who provide services through self-help groups, repeals the exemption for persons employed by or under contract with the agency of human services and, as of July 1, 1999, repeals the exemption for persons employed by or under contract with schools. Finally, the act deletes the now duplicative unprofessional conduct provisions from the chapters that regulate the separate professions.

Effective Date: July 1, 1998, except Sec. 29, relating to acupuncturists and subsection (c) of Sec. 31, repealing the sunset of the chapters relating to marriage and family therapists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists and the requirement for a sunset review of theseprofessions which took effect on April 21, 1998, and the provisions, relating to repeal of the exemption from the psychology, clinical mental health counselors, clinical social workers and psychotherapy practice acts for persons employed by or under contract with schools, which take effect on July 1, 1999.