Senate BillNo. 896

Introduced by Senator Bates

January 21, 2016

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


SB 896, 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 authorizes 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 findings.

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 declaresbegin insert both ofend insert the

5(1) In times of national or state disasters, a shortage of qualified
6health care practitioners may exist in areas throughout the state
7where they are desperately required to respond to public health

9(2) Health care practitioners with lapsed or inactive licenses
10could 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 thebegin delete provisions of theend delete Health Care
5Professional Disaster Response Act.