Senate BillNo. 259

Introduced by Senator Bates

February 18, 2015

An act to amend Section 921 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to healing arts.


SB 259, as introduced, Bates. Health care professionals.

Existing law, the Health Care Professional Disaster Response Act, states findings of the Legislature regarding the shortage of qualified health care practitioners during times of national or state disasters, and allows a physician and surgeon, whose license has been expired for less than 5 years and who meets specified criteria, to obtain a license without paying fees.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to those provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 921 of the Business and Professions Code
2 is amended to read:



(a) The Legislature finds and declares the following:

4(1) In times of national or state disasters, a shortage of qualified
5health care practitioners may exist in areas throughout the state
6where they are desperately required to respond to public health

8(2) Health care practitioners with lapsed or inactive licenses
9could potentially serve in those areas where a shortage of qualified
P2    1health care practitioners exists, if licensing requirements were
2streamlined and fees curtailed.

3(b) begin deleteIt is, therefore, end deletebegin insertTherefore, it is end insertthe intent of the Legislature
4to address these matters through the provisions of the Health Care
5Professional Disaster Response Act.