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          Date of Hearing:   April 20, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2190 (Salas) - As Amended April 5, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill extends the operation of the California Acupuncture  
          Board (CAB) and the CAB's authority to appoint an executive  
          officer until January 1, 2019.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Cost of approximately $3.5 million per year, for calendar years  
          2017 and 2018, to continue the operation of the CAB beyond the  
          current January 1, 2017 sunset (Acupuncture Fund). 









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          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. In March 2016, the Senate Business and Professions  
            Committee and the Assembly Business and Professions Committee  
            conducted joint oversight hearings to review 11 different  
            regulatory entities.  Sunset review bills, such as this one,  
            are intended to implement any legislative changes identified  
            as a result of the hearings and extend regulatory authority  
            for entities reviewed at the hearings. This bill extends the  
            sunset for the CAB for two years.
             


          2)Background.  The CAB regulates the practice of acupuncture and  
            Asian medicine in California.  According to the CAB's most  
            recent sunset review report, it regulates 17,801  
            acupuncturists, 11,644 of which are actively practicing in the  
            state.  The practice of acupuncture involves the stimulation  
            of certain points on or near the surface of the body by the  
            insertion of needles to prevent or modify the perception of  
            pain or to normalize physiological functions.  The primary  
            responsibility of the CAB is to protect California consumers  
            from incompetent and fraudulent practice through the  
            enforcement of the Acupuncture Licensure Act and the CAB's  
            regulations.  The CAB provides oversight through a variety of  
            activities, including licensing, enforcement and monitoring. 



          3)Continued Regulation of Acupuncturists by the CAB.  While the  
            CAB has had issues in the past, Committees' staff has observed  
            improvements in the CAB's operations since its last sunset  
            review in 2014. The CAB has appeared to improve its overall  
            administration and performance, in the areas of regulations,  
            processing time for applications, oversight of continuing  
            education, and staffing changes.  Therefore, this bill will  
            extend the CAB's sunset date to January 1, 2019.  The two-year  








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            sunset will allow for legislative follow-up on a shorter time  
            cycle than the usual four-year cycle in order to monitor CAB's  
            continued improvement. 



          4)Related Legislation. AB 2190 through AB 2194 (Salas) and SB  
            1192 through 1196 (Hill) are all 2016 sunset review bills on  
          various topics.  
          Analysis Prepared by:Lisa Murawski / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081