Saturday, November 13, 2010

Practice Act intro

The 2010 sunset review of physical therapist regulation from DORA is currently available. This document can also be found in under "Physical Therapy links"

This draft will be submitted to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee (HHS). There will be a public hearing where the HHS will recommend continued licensor or termination. Licensor can be recommended to continue for up to 15 years.

In January our practice act will be submitted to the senate. There will be a public hearing before the HHS where the CO chapter of the APTA, DORA and others will be present (likely chiropractors, acupuncturists, etc.): this is the 1st reading. After this the bill can be amended or killed. The bill then goes to 2nd reading, at which time there is a debate with the full senate. At the 3rd reading there is typically not a debate, and our practice act will be voted on. This process is then repeated in the House of Representatives. After the bill has gone through both houses, the Governor (John Hickenlooper) can sign or veto the bill, or permit it to become law without signing it.

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