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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS


          AB  
          2190 (Salas)


          As Amended  August 16, 2016


          Majority vote


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          Original Committee Reference:  B. & P.


          SUMMARY: Extends the operation of the California Acupuncture  
          Board (CAB) and the CAB's authority to appoint an executive  
          officer until January 1, 2019, establishes processes for the CAB  
          to assess the educational equivalency of license applicants who  
          received their education outside the United States, and makes  
          clarifying changes.


          The Senate amendments add the credential evaluation language,  
          the changes to the school approval provisions, and the  
          appropriation language.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee: 


          1)Ongoing costs of $3.8 million per year for the continued  








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            operation of the Acupuncture Board (Acupuncture Fund).  All  
            costs to operate the Board are paid for by license fee  
            revenues.


          2)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  
            consistent with the procedures the Board currently uses to  
            assess applicants with foreign education.  There are about 30  
            such applicants per year.


          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          sunset date for the CAB, it will be repealed on January 1, 2017.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.  In  
          addition, this bill incorporates a system for evaluating  
          non-U.S. education and experience, building upon the CAB's last  
          sunset bill, SB 1246 (Lieu), Chapter 397, Statutes of 2014.


          Background.  The CAB protects California consumers from  
          incompetent and fraudulent acupuncture practice.  Its  
          responsibilities include issuing licenses, investigating  
          complaints, and imposing disciplinary actions, among other  
          things.


          Appropriation by the Legislature.  A budget trailer bill, AB 139  
          (Budget Committee), Chapter 74, Statutes of 2005, among other  
          things, deleted provisions that continuously appropriated the  
          funds of several licensing boards under the Department of  
          Consumer Affairs.  At the time, the Senate floor analysis noted  
          that the changes were "Primarily technical in nature, since  
          these boards and commissions have received Budget Act  
          appropriations in recent years."








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          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Vincent Chee / B. & P. / (916) 319-3301  FN:  
          0004744