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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 2190 (Salas) - Acupuncture Board:  executive officer:   
          education
          
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          |Version: June 22, 2016          |Policy Vote: B., P. & E.D. 9 -  |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: No                     |
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          |Hearing Date: August 1, 2016    |Consultant: Brendan McCarthy    |
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          This bill meets the criteria for referral to the Suspense File.


          Bill  
          Summary:  AB 2190 would extend the operation of the California  
          Acupuncture Board to January 1, 2019. The bill would establish  
          processes for the Board to assess the educational equivalency of  
          license applicants who received their education outside the  
          United States.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
           Ongoing costs of $3.8 million per year for the continued  
            operation of the Acupuncture Board (Acupuncture Fund). All  
            costs to operate the Board are paid for by license fee  
            revenues.

           Minor costs to establish requirements for assessing the  
            educational equivalency of applicants who received their  
            training outside the United States (Acupuncture Fund).  
            According to the Board, the requirements in the bill are  







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            consistent with the procedures the Board currently uses to  
            assess applicants with foreign education. There are about 30  
            such applicants per year.


          Background:  Under current law, the California Acupuncture Board licenses  
          acupuncturists and regulates their practice. There are about  
          17,800 licensed acupuncturists in the state, of which about  
          11,600 are actively practicing. Current law sunsets the  
          operation of the Board on January 1, 2017.
          Beginning in 2017, pursuant to SB 1246 (Lieu, Statutes of 2014),  
          the Board is required to revise its processes and requirements  
          for approving acupuncture schools. The outside accreditation  
          organization that the Board will be using does not accredit  
          schools outside the United States. Current law also requires the  
          Board to establish standards for the approval of educational  
          training and clinical experience received outside the United  
          States.




          Proposed Law:  
            AB 2190 would extend the operation of the California  
          Acupuncture Board to January 1, 2019. The bill would establish  
          processes for the Board to assess the educational equivalency of  
          license applicants who received their education outside the  
          United States.
          Specific provisions of the bill would:
           Provide that any school or college offering training in  
            acupuncture that was approved by the Board prior to January 1,  
            2017 and that has not changed its curriculum since approval is  
            deemed to have its curriculum approved;
           Extend the operation of the Acupuncture Board to January 1,  
            2019;
           Extend the authority of the Board to appoint an executive  
            officer to January 1, 2019;
           Repeal the existing requirement that the Board establish  
            standards for the approval of educational training and  
            clinical experience received outside the United States;
           Authorize the Board to require an applicant who completed his  
            or her education outside the United States to submit his or  
            her documentation to a credential evaluation service approved  
            by the Board to assess educational equivalency;








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           Require the Board to establish, by regulation, processes and  
            criteria for the approval of credential evaluation services.


          Related  
          Legislation:  This bill is one of several sunset review bills  
          authored by the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Business and  
          Professions Committees to review and extend the operation of  
          licensing boards and bureaus within the Department of Consumer  
          Affairs.


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