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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING


          AB  
          2190 (Salas)


          As Amended  April 5, 2016


          Majority vote


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          |Business &      |16-0 |Salas, Brough, Baker, |                    |
          |Professions     |     |Bloom, Campos,        |                    |
          |                |     |Chávez, Dahle, Dodd,  |                    |
          |                |     |Eggman, Gatto, Gomez, |                    |
          |                |     |Holden, Jones,        |                    |
          |                |     |Mullin, Ting, Wood    |                    |
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          |Appropriations  |20-0 |Gonzalez, Bigelow,    |                    |
          |                |     |Bloom, Bonilla,       |                    |
          |                |     |Bonta, Calderon,      |                    |
          |                |     |Chang, Daly, Eggman,  |                    |
          |                |     |Gallagher, Eduardo    |                    |
          |                |     |Garcia, Roger         |                    |
          |                |     |Hernández, Holden,    |                    |
          |                |     |Jones, Obernolte,     |                    |
          |                |     |Quirk, Santiago,      |                    |
          |                |     |Wagner, Weber, Wood   |                    |
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          SUMMARY:  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:  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, 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). 


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose.  Unless legislation is carried this year to extend the  
          sunset date for the CAB, it will be repealed on January 1, 2017.  
           Because the CAB has shown improvement during its sunset review  
          hearing held on March 14, 2016, this bill will extend the CAB's  
          sunset date and authority to appoint an executive officer.


          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 primary responsibility of the CAB is to protect California  
          consumers from incompetent, and/or fraudulent practice through  
          the enforcement of the Acupuncture Licensure Act and the CAB's  
          regulations.  Its responsibilities include setting licensure  
          requirements for acupuncturists, developing and administering  
          the licensure exam, issuing and renewing licenses, overseeing  
          the investigation of complaints against licensees or allegations  
          of unlicensed activity, overseeing the continuing education (CE)  








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          program and monitoring probationer acupuncturists.


          Continued Regulation of Acupuncturists by the CAB.  While the  
          CAB has had issues in the past, the current CAB is newly formed  
          and committee staff has observed improvements in the CAB's  
          operations since its last sunset review in 2014.  The CAB has  
          responded to the request to promulgate consumer protection  
          regulations, has improved in processing time for applications,  
          has made strides to improve CE oversight, and has made changes  
          to staff and management.  Therefore, this bill will extend the  
          CAB's sunset date to January 1, 2019. 




          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Vincent Chee / B. & P. / (916) 319-3301  FN:  
          0003158