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CAMLT Legislative Status Report


CAMLT is committed in providing information to our members of our efforts in California legislation to protect quality and patient safety through our laboratory professionals.


As of June 16, 2023


Two important bills that may affect California Laboratory Professionals on this update are AB1741 and AB667 as they move through committees before the July 4th holiday.

AB Number

Details

(Waldron R) Healing arts: clinical laboratories: personnel. (Amended: 5/25/2023 html pdf )

Status: 6/14/2023-Referred to Com. on B., P. & E. D.

Current Location: 6/14/2023-S. B., P. & E.D.

Calendar Events: 6/19/2023 11 a.m. and upon adjournment of Session, if necessary - 1021 O Street, Room 2100 SENATE BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ROTH, RICHARD, Chair

Summary: Current law authorizes unlicensed laboratory personnel who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and who meet specified training requirements to perform specified activities in a licensed clinical laboratory under the direct and constant supervision of a physician and surgeon or licensed person, including biological specimen collection, assisting in preventive maintenance, and preparing and storing reagents and culture media. Current law authorizes unlicensed laboratory personnel who do not meet the specified training requirements only to perform specimen labeling, handling, preservation or fixation, processing or preparation, transportation, and storing. This bill would revise the activities that may be performed by an unlicensed person to specify those activities that may be performed under direct and constant supervision of a physician and surgeon or licensed person, those activities that may be performed under supervision and control, as defined, and those activities that may not be performed by an unlicensed person.


Organization: CAMLT

Assigned: LGA, RNoack

Position: Oppose

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(Dodd D) Healing arts: pregnancy and childbirth. (Amended: 5/24/2023 html pdf )

Status: 6/15/2023-Referred to Com. on B. & P.

Current Location: 6/15/2023-A. B.&P.

Calendar Events: 6/27/2023 9:30 a.m. - 1021 O Street, Room 1100 ASSEMBLY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS, BERMAN, MARC, Chair

Summary: The Nursing Practice Act establishes the Board of Registered Nursing within the Department of Consumer Affairs for the licensure and regulation of the practice of nursing. A violation of the act is a crime. Current law requires the board to issue a certificate to practice nurse-midwifery to a person who meets specified qualifications. Current law authorizes a certified nurse-midwife to attend cases of low-risk pregnancy and childbirth and to provide prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care, including interconception care, family planning care, and immediate care for the newborn, as specified. Current law authorizes a certified nurse-midwife to practice with a physician and surgeon under mutually agreed-upon policies and protocols, as specified, to provide a patient with care outside of that scope of services or to provide intrapartum care to a patient who has had a prior cesarean section or surgery that interrupts the myometrium. This bill would revise and recast those provisions to, among other things, authorize a certified nurse-midwife, pursuant to policies and protocols that are mutually agreed upon with a physician and surgeon, as specified, to provide a patient with care outside of that scope of services, to provide intrapartum care to a patient who has had a prior cesarean section or surgery that interrupts the myometrium, or to furnish or order a Schedule II or III controlled substance, as specified. The bill would include care for common gynecologic conditions, as specified, in the scope of services a certified nurse-midwife is authorized to perform without policies and protocols that are mutually agreed upon with a physician and surgeon.


Organization: CAMLT

Assigned: LGA, RNoack

Position: Oppose

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(Berman D) Public health: COVID-19: testing and dispensing sites: oral therapeutics. (Amended: 3/29/2023 html pdf )

Status: 6/5/2023-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (June 5). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Current Location: 6/5/2023-S. APPR.

Calendar Events: 6/26/2023 10 a.m. - 1021 O Street, Room 2200 SENATE APPROPRIATIONS, PORTANTINO, ANTHONY, Chair

Summary: Current law authorizes a person to perform an analysis of samples to test for SARS-CoV-2 in a clinical laboratory or a city, county, or city and county public health laboratory if they meet the requirements under specified federal regulations for high complexity testing. This bill would repeal these provisions as of July 1, 2028.


Organization: CAMLT

Assigned: LGA, RNoack

Position: Watch

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Notes: Sections 1 and 3 add the sunset dates that Assembly Member Berman committed to during the AB 269 hearings.

(Berman D) Public health: COVID-19 testing and dispensing sites. (Chaptered: 3/3/2023 html pdf )

Status: 3/3/2023-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 1, Statutes of 2023.

Current Location: 3/2/2023-A. CHAPTERED

Summary: Would authorize a person to perform an analysis of samples to test for SARS-CoV-2 in a clinical laboratory or a city, county, or city and county public health laboratory if they meet the requirements under CLIA for high complexity testing. The bill would, until January 1, 2024, authorize an entity contracted with and approved by the State Department of Public Health to operate a designated COVID-19 testing and dispensing site to acquire, dispense, and store COVID-19 oral therapeutics, as defined, at or from a designated site.


Organization: CAMLT

Assigned: LGA, RNoack

Position: Neutral

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Notes: Assembly B&P Oppose letter 2-8-22 Assembly Health Oppose letter 2-8-23

Position changed to Neutral after Author agreed to a sunset. Author and Consultants formal removal of opposition letter 2-27-23

(Chen R) Radiologic technologists: venipuncture: supervision. (Introduced: 2/15/2023 html pdf )

Status: 4/28/2023-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was HEALTH on 3/2/2023)(May be acted upon Jan 2024)

Current Location: 4/28/2023-A. 2 YEAR

Summary: Under current law, notwithstanding any other law, a radiologic technologist certified under the Radiologic Technology Act is authorized to perform venipuncture in an upper extremity to administer contrast materials, manually or by utilizing a mechanical injector, under the direct supervision of a licensed physician, and if other specified conditions are met. Current law defines “direct supervision” as the direction of an authorized procedure by a licensed physician and surgeon who shall be physically present within the facility and available within the facility where the procedures are performed, as specified. A violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor. This bill would authorize a radiologic technologist with the above qualifications to perform venipuncture according to the prescribed conditions when under the general supervision of a physician and surgeon. The bill would define “general supervision” to mean under the direction of a licensed physician and surgeon who is either physically present within the facility and available within the facility where the procedures are performed, or is available by telephone.


Organization: CAMLT

Assigned: LGA, RNoack

Position: Watch

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