State Legislative and Regulatory Update - January 1, 2013

Prior to the end of last year, the following bills were "pre-filed" for 2013 session:
  • Maryland S.B. 55: Repeals code regarding solicitor permits for private career schools that are located outside the state. The Maryland General Assembly is scheduled to convene on January 9. 
  • New Mexico H.B. 17: Amends the Dental Health Care Act to provide for dental therapist regulation, licensure and scope of practice. Most notably, is the amended definition of "dental therapist," which now will refer to an individual "that has graduated and received a degree from a dental therapy educational program that provides a minimum of 3,000 hours of dental therapy curriculum that has be developed in partnership with an institution of higher education." The New Mexico Legislature convenes on January 15.
  • North Dakota H.B. 1091: Provides that in-state programs must be approved by the Board of Nursing and out-of-state programs must be approved by the State Board of Nursing of the jurisdiction in which the program is headquartered. The Legislative Assembly convenes January 8.
  • North Dakota S.B. 2082: Permits a massage therapy school to accept fees and allows students to accept tips under a policy set by the school. The Legislative Assembly convenes January 8.

The majority of the nation's state legislatures will begin their 2013 sessions next week. APSCU partners with Stateside Associates to monitor state legislative and regulatory events across the country. Interested APSCU institutional members can receive email alerts for bills and regulations that meet specific criteria. Please contact Brian Newman at brian.newman@apscu.org or 202-336-6807 to sign-up for with any questions that you may have.

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