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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  AB 773
          Author:   Baker (R)
          Amended:  9/1/15 in Senate
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE BUS, PROF. & ECON. DEV. COMMITTEE:  9-0, 6/8/15
           AYES:  Hill, Bates, Berryhill, Block, Galgiani, Hernandez,  
            Jackson, Mendoza, Wieckowski

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  7-0, 8/27/15
           AYES:  Lara, Bates, Beall, Hill, Leyva, Mendoza, Nielsen

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-0, 4/30/15 (Consent) - See last page for  
            vote

           SUBJECT:   Licenses:  Medical Board of California:  Board of  
                     Psychology


          SOURCE:    Board of Psychology
          
          DIGEST:   This bill recasts the expiration dates for certain  
          licenses, certificates, and registrations issued by the Board of  
          Psychology (BOP) based on the date of issuance instead of a  
          licensee's birthdate.   
          ANALYSIS: 

          Existing law:

          1)Establishes the BOP to provide for the licensure and  
            regulation of licensed psychologists.  (BPC § 2901 et seq.)

          2)States that all psychologist licenses expire and become  








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            invalid at midnight on the last day of February, 1980, and  
            thereafter expire at midnight of the legal birth date of the  
            licensee during the second year of a two-year term if not  
            renewed.  
          (BPC § 2982)

          3)Requires the BOP to establish regulations for the  
            administration of the birth date renewal program including the  
            establishment of a pro rata formula for the payment of fees by  
            licentiates affected by the implementation of that program,  
            and the establishment of a staggered license application  
            system so that a relatively equal number of licensees expire  
            annually.  (BPC § 2982)
          
          This bill:

          1) Deletes the current birthdate renewal system for psychologist  
             licenses.

          2) States instead that all licenses shall expire at 12 midnight  
             of the last date of the two-year period from the date the  
             license was issued.


          3) Makes technical changes.

          Background

          Current law requires the BOP to use birth dates to determine the  
          renewal and expiration dates for licenses.  The birth date  
          renewal system issues licenses for a period of time ranging  
          between 12 and 24 months depending on the licensee's birth  
          month.  If, for example, a licensee has a February birth date  
          and his or her license is issued in March 2014, the license will  
          expire at midnight on February 29, 2016.  If, however, a  
          licensee has a March birthday and his or her license is issued  
          in March 2014, the license will expire at midnight on March 31,  
          2015. 

          In these examples, the license in the first scenario will expire  
          after nearly 2 years, but in the second scenario, the license  
          will expire after 12 months and 5 days. Despite the varying  
          expiration dates, both licensees would need to pay the same  
          initial license fee.  







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          According to the author's office, "The birth date renewal system  
          places an unfair financial burden on first-time licensees  
          because all licenses have an equal fee regardless of how long  
          the license lasts."  This bill will standardize the length of  
          time a license expires after issuance. 

          FISCAL EFFECT:    Appropriation:         No  Fiscal Com.:  Yes  
          Local:  No


          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, this bill will  
          cause annual revenue losses to the BOP of about $80,000 per year  
          (Psychology Fund). The BOP will experience reduced fee revenues  
          of about $100 per year for each of the 800 applicants for new  
          licensure each year.


          SUPPORT:   (Verified9/1/15)


          California Board of Psychology (source)
          California Psychological Association


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified9/1/15)


          None received


          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:     The BOP writes, "First time licensees  
          of the [BOP] are currently paying the full license amount for  
          their license when they are not always receiving that license  
          for the complete two-year period.  First time licensees are at  
          the start of their careers as psychologists and have often  
          incurred significant student debts in the process of earning  
          undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  The establishment of an  
          initial license period that is always 24 months will stop these  
          licensees paying a full fee for an abbreviated license period."

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  77-0, 4/30/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Chang, Chau,  







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            Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd,  
            Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia,  
            Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove,  
            Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low,  
            Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin,  
            Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea,  
            Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago,  
            Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber,  
            Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Campos, Chávez, Gomez

          Prepared by:Sarah Huchel / B., P. & E.D. / (916) 651-4104
          9/1/15 20:29:36


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