2012 State Bill Enactments of Interest to Private Sector Colleges and Universities

*As of June 12, 2012  

Prepared by Brian Newman
Director, State Affairs
Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities


ALASKA  S.B.  92  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Senator Dennis Egan (D)

Summary: Final version (4/9/2012): Clarifies that an educational program required for licensure as a dental hygienist shall be at least two years and accredited at the time of graduation. Provides that a minimum of 700 hours of practice a year for each of the two years before applying for licensure is required. Provides for the use of the word "registered" instead of "certified" when referred to dental hygienist. Removes language regarding scope of practice.

Final version (4/9/2012): http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0092E.PDF

Amended version (2/8/2012): http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.ak­.us/P­DF/27­/Bill­s/SB0­092D.­PDF

­Amended version (4/4/2011): http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0092C.PDF

Amended version (3/7/2011): http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0092B.PDF

Introduced version (2/21/2011): http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0092A.PDF

Status: Introduced, referred to Labor and Commerce Committee 2/21/2011. Hearing held 2/24/2011. Hearing held, passed committee as amended, referred to Finance Committee 3/1/2011. Hearing held 3/30/2011. Hearing held, passed committee as amended 4/4/2011. Passed Senate 4/7/2011. Sent to House 4/8/2011. Referred to Labor and Commerce Committee 4/9/2011. Legislature adjourned 4/17/2011. Hearing held, passed committee as amended, referred to Finance Committee 2/8/2012. Hearing held, passed committee as amended 4/9/2012. Passed House, sent to Senate for concurrence 4/13/2012. Senate concurred with House amendments 4/14/2012. Sent to governor 5/29/2012. Signed by Governor Sean Parnell (R) 5/31/2012.

Effective Date: 8/29/2012


COLORADO H.B. 1155 - College Accreditation, Governance and State Oversight, Governance and State Oversight (Data Collection), Governance and State Oversight (Regulatory Structure), Student Complaints and Arbitration

 

Sponsor: Representative Tom Massey (R)

Summary: Final version (6/4/2012) requires the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to set procedures for authorizing, renewing, and revoking the authorizations for private institutions. Authorizes the Commission on Higher Education to set the amount of the fees that a private institution pays for the administration of the authorization process. Provides that each private institution must obtain authorization for each campus, branch, or site that is separately accredited and operates in Colorado and are subject to renewal every three years.

Requires a private college or university to immediately notify the Department of Education of any material information related to an action by the institution's accrediting body concerning the institution's accreditation status. Requires the institution to immediately notify the Department of Education if the institution's accrediting body is no longer recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Requires private institutions to turn records over to the Department of Education should the institution decide to cease operations. Provides that the Department of Education must maintain a list of authorized private institutions and establish a process for reviewing and acting on complaints against a private institution.

States that a private college or university may demonstrate financial integrity by meeting the following criteria: (a) the institution has received and maintains full accreditation without sanction from an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (b) the institution has been continuously authorized by the commission for at least five years, (c) the institution owns and operates a permanent instructional facility in the state, (d) the institution annually provides to the commission audited financial statements for the previous fiscal year, and (e) the institution meets or exceeds the pro rata refund policies required by the U.S. Department of Education.

Final version (6/4/2012): http://www.stateside.com/Attachments/162113_HOUSE BILL1155.docx

Amended version (5/9/2012): http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2012A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/64C3361BBB1CA6C187257981007DBE2F?Open&file=1155_rer.pdf

Introduced version: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2012a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont2/

Status: Introduced and referred to House Education Committee 1/20/2012. Hearing held and reported as amended 3/14/2012. Referred to House Appropriations Committee 3/14/2012. Hearing held and reported as amended 4/20/2012. Amended 4/25/2012. Amended 4/26/2012. Passed House 4/26/2012.  Referred to Senate Education Committee 4/26/2012. Hearing held and reported as committed 5/3/2012. Amended 5/9/2012. Passed Senate 5/9/2012. House concurs with Senate amendments 5/9/2012. Sent to Governor John Hickenlooper (D) 5/15/2012. Signed by the governor 6/4/2012.


FLORIDA  H.B.  45  -  Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: Representative Jimmie Smith (R)

Summary: Final version (12/6/2011) encourages each independent postsecondary institution, which offers priority course registration to a segment of the student population, to provide priority course registration for each veteran of the United States Armed Forces, including his or her spouse or dependent children, who are receiving educational benefits under the G.I. Bill.

Final version (12/6/2011): http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/00­45/Bi­llTex­t/er/­PDF­

12/6/2011 Amendment: http:­//myf­lorid­ahous­e.gov­/Sect­ions/­Docum­ents/­loadd­oc.as­px?Fi­leNam­e=692­205.d­ocx&a­mp;Do­cumen­tType­=Amen­dment­s&­;Bill­Numbe­r=004­5&­;Sess­ion=2­012­

Introduced version (7/11/2011): http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/00­45/Bi­llTex­t/Fil­ed/PD­F­

Status: Prefiled 7/11/2011. Referred to House K-20 Innovation Subcommittee 9/15/2011. Hearing held and reported as amended 12/6/2011. Referred to House Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee 12/6/2011. Hearing held and reported as committed 1/11/2012. Referred to House Education Committee 1/11/2012. Hearing held and reported as committed 2/7/2012. Passed House 2/23/2012. Substituted for S.B. 94 3/8/2012. Passed Senate 3/8/2012. Sent to governor 4/13/2012. Signed by Governor Rick Scott (R) 4/27/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 S.B. 94

Effective Date: 7/1/2012


FLORIDA  H.B.  799  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Representative Tom Goodson (R)

Summary: Final version (3/22/2012): Authorizes issuance of a temporary permit to practice as a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. Provides that a permit may be issued to those who graduate from an approved United States physical therapy assistant educational program and meet all the eligibility requirements for licensure and related rules, except passage of a national examination approved by the Board of Physical Therapy Practice (board) is not required. Clarifies that temporary permits will become invalid if the permitholder does not pass the appropriate examination within six months of graduation.

Final version (3/22/2012): http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/079­9/Bil­lText­/er/P­DF­

House amendment (3/9/2012): http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/079­9/Ame­ndmen­t/839­835/P­DF­

Senate amendment (3/9/2012): http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/079­9/Ame­ndmen­t/416­304/P­DF­

Committee substitute (2/16/2012): http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/079­9/Bil­lText­/c3/P­DF­

Committee amendment one (1/31/2012): http:­//www­.myfl­orida­house­.gov/­Secti­ons/D­ocume­nts/l­oaddo­c.asp­x?Fil­eName­=2642­97.do­cx&am­p;Doc­ument­Type=­Amend­ments­&­BillN­umber­=0799­&­Sessi­on=20­12­

Committee amendment two (1/31/2012): http:­//www­.myfl­orida­house­.gov/­Secti­ons/D­ocume­nts/l­oaddo­c.asp­x?Fil­eName­=1789­07.do­cx&am­p;Doc­ument­Type=­Amend­ments­&­BillN­umber­=0799­&­Sessi­on=20­12­

Committee Amendment (1/17/2011): http:­//www­.myfl­orida­house­.gov/­Secti­ons/D­ocume­nts/l­oaddo­c.asp­x?Fil­eName­=8935­45.do­cx&am­p;Doc­ument­Type=­Amend­ments­&­BillN­umber­=0799­&­Sessi­on=20­12­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.myfl­orida­house­.gov/­Secti­ons/D­ocume­nts/l­oaddo­c.asp­x?Fil­eName­=_h07­99__.­docx&­amp;D­ocume­ntTyp­e=Bil­l&­;Bill­Numbe­r=079­9&­;Sess­ion=2­012­

Status: Introduced 11/29/2011. Referred to Health and Human Services Quality and Health Care Appropriations Subcommittees; Education, Health and Human Services Committees 12/12/2011. Health and Human Services Quality Subcommittee meeting held, Committee Substitute Passed 1/17/2012. Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 1/25/2012. Committee meeting held and reported favorably with committee amendment 1/31/2012. Referred to Education Committee 2/2/2012. House Education Committee meeting held, reported favorably with committee substitute, sent to House Health and Human Services Committee 2/16/2012. House Health and Human Services Committee meeting held, passed Committee 2/23/2012. Passed House with committee substitute; sent to Senate 2/29/2012. Referred to Senate Health Regulation; Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations; Budget Committees 3/5/2012. Withdrawn from Health Regulation; Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations; Budget Committees; substituted for S.B. 1228; Senate amendment adopted; passed Senate; sent to House to concur; House amendment adopted; House concurred; sent to Senate; Senate concurred 3/9/2012. Sent to governor 3/23/2012. Signed by Governor Rick Scott (R) 4/6/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 S.B. 1228

Effective Date: June 1, 2012


FLORIDA  H.B.  4163  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Representative Matt Hudson (R)

Summary: Final version: Repeals provisions relating to requirement for athletic trainers and massage therapists to complete continuing education on modes of transmission, infection control procedures, clinical management, and prevention of human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Final version: http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/416­3/Bil­lText­/er/P­DF­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/416­3/Bil­lText­/File­d/PDF­

Status: Introduced 12/15/2011. Referred to House Health and Human Services Quality Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee 12/28/2011. Passed by Health and Human Services Quality Subcommittee; referred to House Health and Human Services Committee 1/17/2012. Committee meeting held, reported favorably 2/7/2012. Passed House 2/16/2012. Sent to Senate 2/22/2012. Referred to Senate Health Regulation Committee; Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations; Senate Budget Committee 2/29/2012. Withdrawn from Senate Health Regulation; Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations; Budget Committees; Substituted for S.B. 1258 3/5/2012. Passed Senate 3/6/2012. Sent to governor 4/6/2012. Signed by Governor Rick Scott (R) 4/13/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 S.B. 1258

Effective Date: July 1, 2012


FLORIDA  H.B.  7023  -  Special Request

 

Sponsor: Florida House Business Regulation and Consumer Affairs Committee

Summary: Final version (2/3/2012) prohibits regional workforce training boards from restricting the choice of training providers based on cost, location, or historical training arrangements.

Final version (2/3/2012): http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/70­23/Bi­llTex­t/er/­PDF­

Introduced version: http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/70­23/Bi­llTex­t/Fil­ed/PD­F­

Status: Prefiled in House 12/15/2011. Referred to House Economic Affairs Committee 12/29/2011. Hearing held and reported as amended 1/12/2012. Amended 2/2/2012. Passed House 2/3/2012. Referred to Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee 3/5/2012. Withdrawn from Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee 3/8/2012.  Passed Senate 3/8/2012. Sent to governor 3/16/2012. Signed by Governor Rick Scott (R) 3/28/2012.


FLORIDA  H.B.  7135  -  Governance and State Oversight (Data Collection)

 

Sponsor: Florida House Education Committee

Summary: Final version (3/2/2012) requires all institutions licensed by the Commission of Independent Education to annually report student-level data for each student receiving state funds. States that the data shall include retention rates, transfer rates, completion rates, graduation rates, employment and placement rates, and earnings of graduates.

Final version (3/2/2012): http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/71­35/Bi­llTex­t/e1/­PDF­

Introduced version: http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/71­35/Bi­llTex­t/Fil­ed/PD­F­

Status: Introduced in House 2/28/2012. Amended 3/2/2012. Passed House 3/5/2012. Referred to Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee 3/5/2012. Withdrawn from Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee 3/7/2012. Substituted for S.B. 1366 3/7/2012. Passed Senate 3/7/2012. Sent to governor 4/13/2012. Signed by Governor Rick Scott (R) 4/27/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 S.B. 1366

Effective Date: Upon Governor's signature


FLORIDA  S.B.  922  -  Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: Senator Michael Bennett (R)

Summary: Final version (3/7/2012) encourages every independent postsecondary institution that offers priority course registration to a segment of the student population to provide priority course registration for each veteran of the United States Armed Forces, including his or her spouse or dependent children, who are receiving educational benefits under the G.I. Bill.

Final version (3/7/2012): http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/09­22/Am­endme­nt/42­3155/­PDF­

Current version (1/24/2012): http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/09­22/Bi­llTex­t/e1/­PDF­

1/19/2012 version: http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/09­22/Bi­llTex­t/c2/­PDF­

Introduced version (11/14/2011): http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/09­22/Bi­llTex­t/Fil­ed/PD­F­

Status: Prefiled 11/14/2011. Referred to Senate Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee 12/6/2011. Hearing held and reported as amended 1/9/2012. Referred to Senate Criminal Justice Committee 1/9/2012. Hearing held and reported as amended 1/19/2012.  Amended 1/24/2012. Passed Senate 1/24/2012. Amended 3/6/2012. Passed House 3/7/2012.  Senate concurred with House amendments 3/8/2012. Sent to governor 4/13/2012. Signed by Governor Rick Scott (R) 4/27/2012.


FLORIDA  S.B.  1040  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (R)

Summary: Final version (3/23/2012): Authorizes a dental hygienist, under the supervision of a dentist, to administer local anesthesia to certain patients if the hygienist has taken a course on the administration of local anesthesia and holds a current license in basic or advanced cardiac life support. Authorizes a dental hygienist to apply for certification to administer local anesthesia.

Final version (3/23/2012): http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/104­0/Bil­lText­/er/P­DF­

Current version (3/2/2012): http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/104­0/Bil­lText­/e2/P­DF­

First engrossed (3/1/2012): http:­//www­.flse­nate.­gov/S­essio­n/Bil­l/201­2/104­0/Bil­lText­/e1/P­DF­

Introduced version (11/21/2011): http:­//fls­enate­.gov/­Sessi­on/Bi­ll/20­12/10­40/Bi­llTex­t/Fil­ed/PD­F­

Status: Introduced 11/21/2011. Referred to Health Regulation and Budget Committees 12/8/2011.  Committee Meeting Held, bill passed by Health Regulation Committee 1/19/2012. Referred to Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations 1/20/2012. Committee meeting cancelled 1/26/2012. Committee meeting held and reported favorably; sent to Senate Budget Committee 2/1/2012. Senate Budget Committee meeting held, reported favorably 2/21/2012. Passed Senate with amendment; sent to House 3/2/2012. Substituted for H.B. 1313; passed House 3/5/2013. Presented to governor 3/8/2012. Signed by Governor Rick Scott (R) 3/23/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 H.B. 1313

Effective Date: upon becoming a law


GEORGIA  H.B.  675  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues ,  Nursing Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Representative Sharon Cooper (R)

Summary: Revises definitions for "approved nursing educational programs" by not requiring a postsecondary institution of higher education to be a nonprofit. Deletes language mandating that the higher education institution be accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Provides that postsecondary institutions that are not accredited must have a curriculum that has been determined by the board to meet criteria similar to and not less stringent than criteria established by the board for other approved nursing education programs.

http:­//www­.legi­s.ga.­gov/L­egisl­ation­/2011­2012/­12037­4.pdf­

Status: Introduced 11/22/2011. Referred to Health and Human Services Committee 1/10/2012.  Hearing held 1/11/2012. Reported favorably from Committee 1/12/2012. Passed House, sent to Senate, referred to Health and Human Services Committee 1/31/2012. Hearing held, reported favorably from committee 2/2/2012. Passed Senate 2/7/2012. Signed by governor 2/16/2012.

Effective Date: Upon Approval


GEORGIA  S.B.  143  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Representative Michael Madigan (D)

Summary: Final version (3/26/2012): Provides that a massage therapy applicant has completed successfully a board-recognized educational program consisting of a minimum of 500 hours of course and clinical work.

Final version (3/26/2012): http:­//www­.legi­s.ga.­gov/L­egisl­ation­/2011­2012/­12788­1.pdf­

Amended version (3/19/2012): http:­//www­.legi­s.ga.­gov/L­egisl­ation­/2011­2012/­12637­7.pdf­

Amended version (3/31/2012): http:­//www­.legi­s.ga.­gov/L­egisl­ation­/2011­2012/­12512­0.pdf­

Amended version (3/31/2012): http:­//www­.legi­s.ga.­gov/L­egisl­ation­/2011­2012/­11477­8.pdf­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.legi­s.ga.­gov/L­egisl­ation­/2011­2012/­11338­8.pdf

­Status: Introduced and referred to Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee 2/24/2011. Hearing held, passed committee 3/4/2011. Passed Senate, sent to House 3/16/2011.  Introduced in House, referred to House Regulated Industries 3/21/2011. Hearing held, passed committee as amended, withdrawn and recommitted to House Regulated Industries, passed committee as amended 3/31/2012. Withdrawn and recommitted to House Regulated Industries 4/14/2011. Hearing held, passed committee as amended 3/19/2012. Amended on House floor, passed House 3/26/2012. Senate concurred with House amendments 3/29/2012. Sent to governor 4/3/2012. Signed by Governor Nathan Deal (R) 5/2/2012.

Effective Date: Upon approval


IDAHO  S.B.  1295  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: ID Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Summary: Final version (3/12/2012) Establishes a Board of Massage Therapy with the authority to establish rules for the approval of massage therapy entry-level educational standards that remain consistent with curriculum requirements. Establishes requirements for renewal of license and approval of continuing education courses. Defines "massage school" as a massage therapy educational program that is registered by the State Board of Education. Prohibits massage therapists from diagnosing any diseases, illness, or injury. Prohibits chiropractic adjustment or skeletal manipulative procedures. Prohibits therapeutic exercise, medical, or other therapeutic modalities.

Final version (3/12/2012): http:­//www­.legi­slatu­re.id­aho.g­ov/le­gisla­tion/­2012/­S1295­E1.pd­f­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.legi­slatu­re.id­aho.g­ov/le­gisla­tion/­2012/­S1295­.pdf­

Status: Introduced and referred to Senate Health and Welfare Committee 2/8/2012. Hearing held 2/27/2012. Reported out of Committee 2/28/2012. Amended 3/12/2012. Passed Senate 3/14/2012. Sent to House and referred to Human Resources Committee 3/15/2012. House Commerce and Human Resources Committee hearing held 3/19/2012. Passed committee 3/20/2012. Passed House 3/22/2012. Sent to Governor Butch Otter (R) 3/26/2012. Signed by Governor Butch Otter (R) 4/3/2012.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012


ILLINOIS  S.B.  1795  -  Governance and State Oversight (Regulatory Structure)

 

Sponsor: Senator Kimberly Lightford (D)

Summary: Final version (11/9/2011) transfers jurisdiction of private business and vocational schools from the Illinois State Board of Education to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Allows the Higher Education Board rulemaking authority as necessary and appropriate in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act for the implementation of this act. Requires certifying entities to disclose various indicators of program viability (e.g. numbers of student enrollees, transfers from one course of instruction to another, completion rates for courses of instruction, and placement statistics within specific fields of study) on their website and incorporate these indicators into any enrollment agreement signed between students and certifying entities. Creates an Illinois Board of Higher Education administrative hearing process for certifying entities wishing to challenge a certification revocation or refusal of issuance from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Final version (11/9/2011): http:­//www­.ilga­.gov/­legis­latio­n/ful­ltext­.asp?­DocNa­me=09­700SB­1795e­ng&am­p;GA=­97&am­p;Ses­sionI­d=84&­amp;D­ocTyp­eId=S­B&­;LegI­D=578­44&am­p;Doc­Num=1­795&a­mp;GA­ID=11­&­Sessi­on­

10/25/2011 version: http:­//www­.ilga­.gov/­legis­latio­n/ful­ltext­.asp?­DocNa­me=09­700SB­1795h­am003­&­GA=97­&­Sessi­onId=­84&am­p;Doc­TypeI­d=SB&­amp;L­egID=­57844­&­DocNu­m=179­5&­;GAID­=11&a­mp;Se­ssion­

Introduced version: http:­//ilg­a.gov­/legi­slati­on/fu­lltex­t.asp­?DocN­ame=0­9700S­B1795­&­GA=97­&­Sessi­onId=­84&am­p;Doc­TypeI­d=SB&­amp;L­egID=­57844­&­DocNu­m=179­5&­;GAID­=11&a­mp;Se­ssion­

Status: Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee 2/9/2011. Hearing held and reported as amended 3/15/2011.  Passed Senate 4/14/2011. Referred to House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee 4/14/2011. Amendment filed 5/3/2011. Amendment filed 5/11/2011. Hearing held 5/18/2011. Hearing held 5/26/2011. Referred to House Rules Committee under Rule 19a 5/31/2011. Assigned to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee 10/6/2011. Hearing held and reported as amended 10/25/2011. Passed House and transmitted to Senate for concurrence 10/27/2011. Referred to Senate Education Committee 11/8/2011. Hearing held 11/9/2011. Passed both Houses 11/9/2011. Sent to governor 12/8/2011. Signed by Governor Pat Quinn (D) 12/30/2011.

Effective Date: 2/1/2012


INDIANA  H.B.  1270  -  College Accreditation ,  Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: Representative Ed Clere (R)

Summary: Final version (2/27/2012) abolishes the State Student Assistance Commission (SSAC). Abolishes the Commission on Proprietary Education (COPE). Requires the Commission for Higher Education to administer the functions formerly administered by the SSAC.

Establishes the Board for Proprietary Education. Allows the Board for Proprietary Education to meet as necessary upon the call of the chairman and requires the board to meet at least four times per year.

Prohibits a person from doing business as a postsecondary credit-bearing educational institution without accreditation. Requires applications for accreditation to be filed with the board for Proprietary Education. Requires the application to include the name, address and the names of officers of the institution, the places where the courses are to be offered, the types of courses to be offered, a statement of the institution's finances, and an explicit statement of policy relating to student fees and refunds. Requires the Board for Proprietary Education to require each institution to provide a statement in each curriculum catalogue and promotional brochure indicating that the institution is regulated by the Board for Proprietary Education.

Establishes the Career College Student Assurance Fund to provide indemnification to a student or an enrollee of a postsecondary credit-bearing proprietary education institution who suffers loss or damage as a result of the failure or neglect of the postsecondary credit bearing proprietary educational institution to faithfully perform all agreements, express and otherwise, with the student as represented by the application for the institution's accreditation, the failure or neglect of the postsecondary credit bearing institution to maintain, and operate courses of study in compliance with the standards of this act or an agent's misrepresentation in procuring the student's enrollment.

Requires each postsecondary credit-bearing proprietary educational institution to make contributions to the Career College Student Assurance Fund based on the educational institution's revenue.

States that the market research of a postsecondary credit-bearing proprietary education institution shall not be considered or required by the board as a condition for accreditation or renewal of accreditation.

States that accreditation may be revoked by the board for cause upon notice and an opportunity for a hearing before the board, and for the accredited postsecondary credit-bearing educational institution failing to make appropriate quarterly contributions to the Career College Student Assurance Fund not later than 45 days after the end of a quarter.

Establishes the Postsecondary Credit Bearing Proprietary Educational Institution Accreditation Fund. States that money in the fund shall be used by the Board for Proprietary Education for administration.

States that the State Workforce Innovation Council shall be responsible for accrediting all noncredit bearing proprietary postsecondary institutions. Establishes the Office for Career and Technical Schools to carry out the responsibilities of the State Workforce Innovation Council.

Establishes the Student Assurance Fund to provide indemnification to a student or an enrollee of a postsecondary proprietary educational institution who suffers loss or damage as a result of the failure or neglect of the postsecondary proprietary educational institution to faithfully perform all agreements, express and otherwise, with the student as represented by the application for the institution's accreditation, the failure or neglect of the postsecondary proprietary educational institution to maintain and operate courses of study in compliance with the standards of this act or an agent's misrepresentation in procuring the student's enrollment.

States that accreditation may be revoked by the council for cause upon notice and an opportunity for a hearing before the council, and for the accredited postsecondary educational institution failing to make appropriate quarterly contributions to the Student Assurance Fund not later than 45 days after the end of a quarter.

Allows the Board for Proprietary Education to adopt rules for the implementation of this act.

Requests that the Legislative Council assign topics to an appropriate interim study committee to:
(a) study whether additional legislative changes are necessary to assist with the transfer of responsibilities from the Commission on Proprietary Education to the Board for Proprietary Education and the State Workforce Innovation Council;
(b) study whether a postsecondary credit-bearing proprietary educational institution should be required to provide a surety bond to the Board for Proprietary Education;
(c) study issues relating to the Career College Student Assurance Fund; and
(d) study any other issue pertaining to the accreditation of a postsecondary credit-bearing proprietary educational institution.

States that should the above topics be assigned to an interim study committee, the interim study committee shall submit a final report of findings and recommendations no later than November 1, 2012.

Final version (2/27/2012): http:­//www­.in.g­ov/le­gisla­tive/­bills­/2012­/EH/E­H1270­.3.ht­ml

­2/23/2012 amendments: http:­//www­.in.g­ov/le­gisla­tive/­bills­/2012­/PDF/­SCRP/­AM127­015.0­02.pd­f­

2/15/2012 version: http:­//www­.in.g­ov/le­gisla­tive/­bills­/2012­/EH/E­H1270­.1.ht­ml­

1/30/2012 amendments: http:­//www­.in.g­ov/le­gisla­tive/­bills­/2012­/PDF/­HAMP/­MO127­002.0­01.pd­f­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.in.g­ov/le­gisla­tive/­bills­/2012­/IN/I­N1270­.1.ht­ml

­Status: Introduced and referred to House Education Committee 1/9/2011. Passed Committee with amendments 1/30/2012. Passed House and referred to Senate Education and Career Development Committee 2/1/2012. Hearing held and reported as amended 2/15/2012. Referred to Senate Appropriations Committee 2/15/2012. Hearing held and reported as amended 2/23/2012.  Amended 2/27/2012. Passed Senate 2/29/2012. House refused to concur with Senate amendments 3/1/2012. Referred to conference committee 3/1/2012. House reconsidered and concurred with Senate amendments 3/8/2012. Sent to governor 3/9/2012. Signed by Governor Mitch Daniels (R) 3/16/2012.

Effective Date: Upon passage


IOWA  S.F.  2267  -  Governance and State Oversight ,  State Financial Aid ,  Student Complaints and Arbitration

 

Sponsor: Iowa Department of Education

Summary: Final version (3/5/2012) requires a school to register with the Student Aid Commission if a person compensated by the school conducts any portion of a course of instruction in Iowa or if the school otherwise has a presence in Iowa. Requires registrations to be renewed every two years and requires registrations to be renewed upon any substantive change in location, program offering or accreditation.

Requires the Student Aid Commission to notify a school in writing of its decision to grant or deny registration and any stipulation associated with the school's registration.

Allows the Student Aid Commission to grant a provisional registration to a school that is not accredited by an agency or organization recognized by the United States Department of Education or its successor agency. Requires the school, at six-month intervals, to submit to the Student Aid Commission documentation of its progress toward achieving accreditation. Allows the Student Aid Commission to renew the school's provisional registration at its discretion if the documentation indicates that the school is making progress toward accreditation.

Requires, upon registration, schools to provide the Student Aid Commission with the following information:
(a) a schedule of total tuition charges during the course of instruction
(b) the name of any accrediting or licensing entity that has accredited or licensed the school or its programs, a copy of the accrediting or licensure notice issued by the entity, and a record of any sanctions the entity has levied against the school
(c) contact information to be used by students and graduates seeking to obtain transcript information
(d) the name, title, business address, telephone number, and resume of an Iowa resident compensated by the school to perform duties at a location in Iowa
(e) the school's official Stafford loan cohort default rate as calculated by the United States Department of Education for the three most recent federal fiscal years
(f) average student loan debt upon graduation of students completing programs at the school
(g) the undergraduate graduation rate as reported to the Department of Education
(h) evidence that the school meets the conditions of financial responsibility

Requires a registered school to disclose that the school is registered by the Student Aid Commission on behalf of the state of Iowa and provide the commission's contact information for students wishing to inquire about the school or to file a complaint.  Requires a for-profit school with at least one program of more than four months in length that leads to a recognized educational credential to submit to the commission a tuition refund policy.

Requires a person offering at least one postsecondary educational program for profit that is more than four months in length and leads to a recognized educational credential to make a pro-rata refund of tuition charges to an Iowa resident who terminates from any of the school's postsecondary educational programs in an amount that is not less than 90% of the amount of tuition charged to the student multiplied by the ratio of the number of calendar days remaining in the school period until the date equivalent to the completion of 60% of the calendar days in the school period.

Exempts a proprietary school eligible for federal student financial aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 from certain disclosure requirements.

Final version (3/5/2012): http:­//coo­lice.­legis­.stat­e.ia.­us/li­nc/84­/exte­rnal/­sf226­7_Rep­rinte­d.pdf­

Introduced version: http:­//coo­lice.­legis­.stat­e.ia.­us/Co­ol-IC­E/def­ault.­asp?C­atego­ry=bi­llinf­o&­;Serv­ice=B­illbo­ok&am­p;men­u=fal­se&am­p;hbi­ll=sf­2267­

Status: Requested 11/14/2011. Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee 2/21/2012. Meeting held and reported as committed 2/23/2012. Amended 3/5/2012. Passed Senate 3/5/2012. Referred to House Education Committee 3/6/2012. Meeting held and reported as committed 3/15/2012.  Passed House 3/28/2012. Sent to governor 4/9/2012. Signed by Governor Terry Branstad (R) 4/12/2012.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012


KANSAS  H.B.  2435  -  State Financial Aid

 

Sponsor: Kansas Legislative Educational Planning Committee

Summary: Final version (5/19/2012) provides a grant to certain career technical workforce students attending designated educational institutions. Defines "career technical education program" as a program operated at the postsecondary level by a designated educational institution that has been identified by the Kansas board of regents, working in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Commerce, as a high-cost, high-demand, or critical industry field program.

Final version (5/19/2012): http:­//www­.ksle­gisla­ture.­org/l­i/b20­11_12­/meas­ures/­docum­ents/­hb243­5_enr­olled­.pdf­

3/6/2012 Senate Education Committee amendments: http:­//www­.ksle­gisla­ture.­org/l­i/b20­11_12­/meas­ures/­docum­ents/­cr_20­12_hb­2435_­s_473­8.pdf­

1/23/2012 version: http:­//www­.ksle­gisla­ture.­org/l­i/b20­11_12­/meas­ures/­docum­ents/­hb243­5_01_­0000.­pdf­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.ksle­gisla­ture.­org/l­i/b20­11_12­/meas­ures/­docum­ents/­hb243­5_00_­0000.­pdf­

Status: Introduced 1/11/2012. Referred to Committee on Education Budget 1/12/2012. Hearing held and reported amended 1/23/2012. Passed House 2/23/2012. Introduced in Senate and referred to Senate Committee on Education 2/29/2012. Hearing held and reported as amended 3/6/2012. Passed Senate 3/21/2012. House does not concur with Senate amendments, conference committee appointed 3/27/2012. Conference committee report submitted 5/19/2012. Conference committee report adopted by House and Senate; awaiting transmittal to Governor Sam Brownback (R) 5/20/2012. Signed by Governor 6/1/2012.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012


KENTUCKY  H.B.  137  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Representative John Stacy (D)

Summary: Final version (2/16/2012): Provides for the licensure of medical imaging technologists and radiation therapists. Establishes a legislative policy favoring regulation by a licensing board.  Creates the Kentucky Board for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy to license and regulate advanced imaging professional, medical imaging technologists, radiographers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, and limited X-ray machine operators. Establishes board powers and duties generally, including promulgating administrative regulations to administer and enforce the chapter, setting licensing requirements, and hiring an executive director and other board administrative staff. Adds protection to health-care practitioners or providers licensed in other professions from the provisions of this bill.

Final enrolled text is not available.
 
House committee substitute (2/16/2012): http:­//www­.stat­eside­.com/­Attac­hment­s/149­761_H­B 137­_HCS1­.pdf­

House floor amendment (2/10/2012): http:­//www­.stat­eside­.com/­Attac­hment­s/149­761_H­B 137­_HFA1­.pdf

­Introduced version (12/16/2011): http:­//www­.stat­eside­.com/­Attac­hment­s/160­907_H­B 137­_Intr­o.pdf­

Status: Prefiled 12/16/2011. Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Health and Welfare 1/3/2012.  Hearing held, no action taken 1/19/2012. Hearing held 1/26/2012. Floor amendment filed 2/10/2012. House Committee on Health and Welfare meeting held, reported favorably with committee substitute 2/16/2012. Passed House with committee substitute and floor amendment 2/24/2012. Sent to Senate 2/27/2012. Referred to Senate Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations Committee 2/29/2012. Hearing held, reported favorably with committee substitute and amendment; sent to full Senate 3/20/2012. Passed Senate; sent to House to concur 3/26/2012. House refused to concur; sent and received in Senate 3/27/2012.  Senate receded from committee substitute and committee amendment; passed; enrolled; delivered to governor 3/30/2012. Signed by Governor Steve Beshear (D) 4/11/2012.

Effective Date: 90 days after the official end of the session


KENTUCKY  H.B.  308  -  Governance and State Oversight ,  Student Complaints and Arbitration

 

Sponsor: Representative Carl Rollins (D)

Summary: Enacted version: Establishes the Commission on Proprietary Education as an independent agency.

Requires the commission to promulgate administrative regulations, including commission operations and accountability procedures. Mandates contributions to the student protection fund and sets a minimum fund balance at $500,000.

Requires each licensed institution to publicly disclose both in print and online:
(a) any information that the schools are required to report by the Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act
(b) the job placement rate of program graduates in the field of study and the types of jobs for which graduates are eligible
(c) articulation agreements with other postsecondary educational institutions and the rights and responsibilities of students regarding transfer of credits
(d) the complaint procedures available to students
(e) the existence of the student protection fund

Grants the commission the power to subpoena witnesses and school records as it deems necessary. Grants the commission authority to promulgate other administrative regulations as it deems necessary.

Enacted version: Not yet available

As introduced: http:­//www­.stat­eside­.com/­Attac­hment­s/154­428_3­08.do­c­

Adopted amendment(s) (3/22/2012): http:­//www­.lrc.­ky.go­v/rec­ord/1­2RS/H­B308.­htm­

Proposed but not adopted amendment(s):

http:­//www­.stat­eside­.com/­Attac­hment­s/154­428_H­FA1.d­oc­

http:­//www­.stat­eside­.com/­Attac­hment­s/154­428_H­FA2.d­oc­

Status: Introduced and referred to the House Licensing and Occupations Committee 1/25/2012.  Hearing held and passed committee 2/2/2012. Passed the House 2/7/2012. Introduced in Senate 2/8/2012. Referred to Senate Education Committee 2/10/2012. Amended and issued a favorable report by Senate Education Committee 3/22/2012.  Passed Senate 3/27/2012. House concurred with Senate amendment 3/29/2012. Delivered to governor 3/30/2012. Signed by Governor Steve Beshear (D) 4/11/2012.

Effective Date: 90 days after adjournment


LOUISIANA  H.B.  883  -  Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: Representative Timothy Burns (R)

Summary: Authorizes the Board of Regents to increase, by up to $750, the licensure fees for postsecondary, academic degree-granting institutions.

http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.la­.us/b­illda­ta/st­reamd­ocume­nt.as­p?did­=7804­56­

Status: Prefiled 3/2/2012. Introduced and referred to House Education Committee 3/12/2012.  Hearing held and reported as committed 4/18/2012. Passed House 5/1/2012. Referred to Senate Education Committee 5/2/2012. Hearing held and reported as committed 5/10/2012. Passed Senate 5/16/2012. Sent to Governor 5/21/2012. Signed by Governor Bobby Jindal (R) 5/25/2012.

Effective Date: Upon governor's signature


LOUISIANA  H.B.  923  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Representative Erich Ponti (R)

Summary: Final version (5/2/2012) Provides clarity to the definitions of "massage establishment," "massage therapist," and "massage therapy" and adds definitions for "advertise," "inactive status," "lapsed license," "licensee," "person," "professional massage therapy association," and "writing."   Requires an applicant for a massage therapist license to submit evidence satisfactory to the Board of Massage Therapists of meeting, among others, the following requirements: (1) Has satisfactorily completed a minimum 500 hour in-class supervised course of studies and (2) has passed a national examination approved by the board within two years from the date the application is filed. Provides that a course of study may utilize a credit hours equivalent as defined by the U.S. Department of Education in lieu of clock hours to measure student achievement. Requires a course of study using credit hours to provide coursework consistent with the rules promulgated by the board including at least 500 hours of in-class supervised instruction.

Adds exemption to persons who are licensed, registered, or certified in another state, territory, the District of Columbia, or a foreign country when incidentally present in the state to teach a course of instruction related to massage and bodywork therapy as a continuing education course.  Excludes persons giving massage and bodywork to their immediate family without compensation.  Excludes persons incidentally present in the state to provide services as part of an emergency response team working in conjunction with relief officials during a disaster provided such persons are properly licensed in the state from which they originate. Requires each person engaging in the practice of massage therapy at a massage establishment to be the holder of a Licensed Massage Therapist Identification Card (LMT- IDCard) which shall identify the therapist as being properly licensed. Requires all locations where one or more persons are regularly engaged in the practice of massage to register with the board as a massage establishment and, if more than one person is engaged in the practice of massage at a location, to pay the establishment license fee. Provides that obtaining a massage establishment license shall be the responsibility of the entity which controls the physical location where the services are provided, which entity may be a sole proprietor, lessee, owner, partnership, corporation.

Final version (5/2/2012): http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.la­.us/b­illda­ta/st­reamd­ocume­nt.as­p?did­=7932­09­

Current version (3/27/2012): http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.la­.us/b­illda­ta/st­reamd­ocume­nt.as­p?did­=7852­29­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.legi­s.sta­te.la­.us/b­illda­ta/st­reamd­ocume­nt.as­p?did­=7806­71

­Status: Prefiled and referred to the House Health and Welfare Committee 3/2/2012. Discharged from House Health and Welfare Committee, referred to Commerce Committee 3/20/2012.  Commerce Committee meeting held 3/27/2012. Amended 3/27/2012. Passed House 4/18/2012.  Received in Senate 4/19/2012. Referred to Senate Health and Welfare Committee 4/23/2012.  Referred to Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs 4/24/2012. Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee meeting held, reported favorably with amendments 5/2/2012. Referred to Legislative Bureau 5/3/2012. Reported from Legislative Bureau with amendments 5/7/2012. Passed Senate 5/14/2012. Received in House for concurrence 5/15/2012. House concurred 5/31/2012.  Sent to Governor Bobby Jindal (R) 6/1/2012. Signed by Governor Bobby Jindal (R) 6/7/2012.

Effective Date: Provisions effective date August 1, 2012/Effective date January 1, 2013


MARYLAND  H.B.  1223  -  Distance and Online Learning ,  Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: Delegate Guy Guzzone (D)

Summary: Final version (4/5/2012): Requires the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to oversee online postsecondary education programs. Provides that an institution required to register with MHEC must pay a fee to be set in regulation by MHEC, and provides exemptions to this fee. States that online postsecondary education programs may be required to furnish a bond or other form of financial guarantee to the state, which would be used to reimburse any student who is entitled to a refund of tuition and fees due to the institution’s breach of agreement or contract with the student or the state. Specifies what circumstances qualify a student for a refund. Allows MHEC to impose various penalties on institutions that fail to comply with the bill’s requirements.

Final version (4/5/2012): http:­//mli­s.sta­te.md­.us/2­012rs­/bill­s/hb/­hb122­3t.pd­f­

House Committee Amendments (4/5/2012): http:­//mli­s.sta­te.md­.us/2­012rs­/amds­/bil_­0003/­hb122­3_454­66601­.pdf­

As introduced: http:­//mli­s.sta­te.md­.us/2­012rs­/bill­s/hb/­hb122­3f.pd­f­

Status: Introduced and referred to House Appropriations Committee 2/13/2012.  Hearing held 3/6/2012. Reported favorably by Committee as amended 4/5/2012.  Passed House 4/6/2012. Transmitted to Senate and referred to Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 4/6/2012. Reported favorably by Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 4/9/2012. Passed Senate and awaiting transmittal to Governor Martin O'Malley 4/9/2012. Signed by Governor Martin O'Malley (D) 5/22/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 S.B. 843

Effective Date: July 1, 2012


MARYLAND  S.B.  843  -  Distance and Online Learning ,  Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: Senator Paul Pinsky (D)

Summary: Final version (4/5/2012): Requires the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to oversee online postsecondary education programs. Provides that an institution required to register with MHEC must pay a fee to be set in regulation by MHEC, and provides exemptions to this fee. States that online postsecondary education programs may be required to furnish a bond or other form of financial guarantee to the state, which would be used to reimburse any student who is entitled to a refund of tuition and fees due to the institution’s breach of agreement or contract with the student or the state. Specifies what circumstances qualify a student for a refund. Allows MHEC to impose various penalties on institutions that fail to comply with the bill’s requirements.

Fianl version (4/5/2012): http:­//mli­s.sta­te.md­.us/2­012rs­/bill­s/sb/­sb084­3e.pd­f­

Amendment adopted (4/5/2012): http:­//mli­s.sta­te.md­.us/2­012rs­/amds­/bil_­0003/­sb084­3_384­26901­.pdf­

Amendment(s) (3/18/2012): http:­//mli­s.sta­te.md­.us/2­012rs­/amds­/bil_­0003/­sb084­3_954­43601­.pdf­

As introduced: http:­//mli­s.sta­te.md­.us/2­012rs­/bill­s/sb/­sb084­3f.pd­f­

Status: Introduced and referred to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 2/7/2012. Hearing held 2/29/2012. Reported with amendments 3/15/2012. Passed Senate as amended and referred to House Appropriations Committee 3/18/2012. Hearing held 4/3/2012. Reported favorably by Committee as amended 4/5/2012. Passed House and transmitted to Governor Martin O'Malley (D) 4/6/2012. Signed by Governor Martin O'Malley (D) 5/22/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 H.B. 1223

Effective Date: July 1, 2012


MARYLAND  S.B.  967  -  Governance and State Oversight,  Governance and State Oversight (College Curriculum),  Governance and State Oversight (Regulatory Structure),  Transfer of Academic Credit

 

Sponsor: Senator Joan Carter Conway (D)

Summary: Establishes a Student Transfer Advisory Committee and charges the committee with reviewing and analyzing student transfer related issues. Requires one member from the Maryland Association of Private Career Schools and one member from a for-profit higher education institution to sit on the committee.

http:­//mli­s.sta­te.md­.us/2­012rs­/bill­s/sb/­sb096­7f.pd­f­

Status: Introduced and referred to Senate Rules Committee 2/15/2012. Referred to Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee 2/20/2012. Hearing held 3/14/2012.  Reported favorably 3/22/2012. Passed Senate 3/26/2012. Referred to House Appropriations Committee 3/27/2012. Hearing held, reported favorably by Committee 4/3/2012. Passed House 4/7/2012. Transmitted to governor and signed 5/2/2012.

Effective Date: July 1, 2012


MASSACHUSETTS  H.B.  3625  -  College Accreditation ,  Governance and State Oversight,  Governance and State Oversight (Financial Standards/Responsibility)

 

Sponsor: Representative Brian Dempsey (D)

Summary: Final version (3/1/2012) establishes an Office of Private Occupational School Education within the Division of Professional Licensure. Charges the Office with licensing and overseeing the operation of private occupational schools in the Commonwealth. Establishes a Private Occupational School Advisory Board. This advisory board consists of 12 members, one of which is the president of the Massachusetts Association of Private Career Schools (MAPCS). The language of H.B. 3625 was previously substituted with that of S.B. 2159. The final bill link is to language for S.B. 2159.  This is the final language of H.B. 3625, which was signed by Governor Patrick. The online language provided by the Massachusetts Court for H.B. 3625 is an out-of-date version and is not included here.

Defines "private occupational school" as a private educational organization that engages for profit or by charging tuition in teaching, training, instructing, or preparing individuals in a course or courses of instruction or study for the purpose of training or preparing individuals for a field or endeavor in a business, trade, technical, or industrial occupation, as well as for any other vocational purpose.

Requires any person or entity desiring to operate a private occupational school within the commonwealth to submit to the state auditor, in the manner prescribed by the auditor, such financial information as may be required, including but not limited to ownership and organization of the school, the financial condition of the school and the form and content of the student enrollment agreement to be used by the school. Provides that in carrying out the provisions of this section, the auditor is authorized to review the full records of the school and may carry out on-site reviews of the school.

States that no private occupational school shall represent that it is an accredited school unless it has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Final version (3/1/2012): http:­//www­.male­gisla­ture.­gov/B­ills/­PDF?b­illId­=9167­8&­;gene­ralCo­urtId­=1­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.male­gisla­ture.­gov/B­ills/­187/H­ouse/­H0362­5­

Status: Introduced and referred to the House floor for consideration 2/8/2012. Passed House 2/9/2012. Received in Senate, referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee 2/13/2012.  Favorable report with amendment issued by Senate Ways and Means Committee 2/27/2012.  Passed Senate 3/1/2012. House concurred on Senate amendment 5/14/2012. House and Senate adopt emergency preamble 5/16/2012. Laid before the Governor 5/17/2012. Signed by Governor Deval Patrick (D) 5/24/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 S.B. 2159

Effective Date: Upon passage


MISSISSIPPI  H.B.  1086  -  College Accreditation

 

Sponsor: Representative H. Nolan Mettetal (R)

Summary: Final version (2/22/2012) exempts proprietary schools and colleges subject to regulation under the Mississippi Proprietary School and College Registration Law from the jurisdiction of the Commission on College Accreditation.

Final version (2/22/2012): http:­//bil­lstat­us.ls­.stat­e.ms.­us/do­cumen­ts/20­12/pd­f/HB/­1000-­1099/­HB108­6CS.p­df

­Introduced version: http:­//bil­lstat­us.ls­.stat­e.ms.­us/do­cumen­ts/20­12/pd­f/HB/­1000-­1099/­HB108­6IN.p­df­

Status: Introduced and referred to House Universities and Colleges Committee 2/20/2012.  Meeting held and reported as amended 2/22/2012. Passed House 3/7/2012. Referred to Senate Universities and Colleges Committee 3/16/2012. Meeting held and reported as amended 3/21/2012. Passed Senate 3/23/2012. Sent to governor 3/28/2012. Signed by Governor Phil Bryant (R) 3/30/2012.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012


MISSOURI H.B. 1042 - Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: Representative Mike Thomson (R)

Summary: Final version (4/30/2012): Modifies the approval fee for operation of proprietary schools in the state of Missouri. Allows a proprietary school that has been in operation for at least five years to apply for a two-year certificate of approval. Increases the maximum bond for a proprietary school from $25,000 to $100,000. Reassigns the appointment responsibility for the members of the Proprietary School Advisory Committee from the State Board of Education to the Commissioner of Higher Education and requires that at least three of the seven members of the committee represent degree-granting schools and at least one of the three represents a school that confers a bachelor's degree or higher.

Final version (4/30/2012): http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills121/biltxt/truly/HB1042T.htm

Senate amendment adopted (4/30/2012): http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills121/amendpdf/4431S04.01F.pdf   

Version (4/19/2012): http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Summary.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=4786362&SummaryID=6925844

Status: Introduced and referred to House Higher Education Committee 12/01/2011. Reported favorably 2/9/2012.  Passed House and transmitted to Senate 3/08/2012. Hearing held in Senate Education Committee 4/4/2012. Reported favorably as amended 4/19/2012. Referred to Senate Ways and Means and Fiscal Oversight Committee 4/24/2012. Hearing held, passed Committee 4/26/2012. Passed Senate as amended 4/30/2012. Transmitted to House 4/30/2012. House concurs with Senate amendments; awaiting transmittal to Governor Jay Nixon (D) 5/16/2012.  Transmitted to governor 5/30/2012. Signed by Governor Jay Nixon (D) 6/7/2012.

Effective Date: Upon passage.


NEBRASKA  L.B.  1104  -  Governance and State Oversight,  State Financial Aid

 

Sponsor: Senator Greg Adams (I)

Summary: Current version (3/28/2012): Authorizes postsecondary education institutions to apply for a "recurrent authorization to operate." Defines "recurrent authorization to operate" as approval by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to operate a postsecondary institution in this state until a renewal of such authorization is required.

Defines "eligible institution" in regards to the College Savings Plan Administrative Fund as an institution described in 20 U.S.C. 1088, which is eligible to participate in a program under Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965.

Final Reading Version (3/28/2012): http:­//www­.nebr­askal­egisl­ature­.gov/­Floor­Docs/­Curre­nt/PD­F/Fin­al/LB­1104.­pdf

­3/28/2012 amendment (adopted): http:­//neb­raska­legis­latur­e.gov­/Floo­rDocs­/Curr­ent/P­DF/AM­/AM26­14.pd­f­

3/16/2012 amendment (withdrawn): http:­//neb­raska­legis­latur­e.gov­/Floo­rDocs­/Curr­ent/P­DF/AM­/AM23­24.pd­f

­3/13/2012 amendment (adopted): http:­//neb­raska­legis­latur­e.gov­/Floo­rDocs­/Curr­ent/P­DF/AM­/AM23­67.pd­f­

3/6/2012 amendment (withdrawn): http:­//neb­raska­legis­latur­e.gov­/Floo­rDocs­/Curr­ent/P­DF/AM­/AM22­86.pd­f­

Education Committee amendments (adopted) (2/23/2012): http:­//neb­raska­legis­latur­e.gov­/Floo­rDocs­/Curr­ent/P­DF/AM­/AM20­77.pd­f­

Introduced version: http:­//neb­raska­legis­latur­e.gov­/Floo­rDocs­/Curr­ent/P­DF/In­tro/L­B1104­.pdf­

Status: Introduced 1/19/2012. Referred to Education Committee 1/23/2012. Hearing held 2/6/2012. Executive meeting held and reported as amended 2/23/2012. Amended 3/6/2012.  Amended 3/13/2012. Amended 3/16/2012. Amendments adopted 3/19/2012. Passed on Final Reading and transmitted to governor 4/3/2012. Signed by Governor Dave Heineman (R) 4/9/2012.

Effective Date: upon passage


OREGON  H.B.  4008  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: OR House Committee on Health Care

Summary: Requires a candidate for a license to practice medical imaging to either have graduated from an approved school, passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam no later than December 31, 2010, or have been licensed by the Board of Radiologic Technology before 1980 and held an active license from the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging since July 1, 2010.

http:­//www­.leg.­state­.or.u­s/12r­eg/me­asure­s/hb4­000.d­ir/hb­4008.­intro­.html

­Status: Filed 1/4/2012. Introduced and referred to House Health Care Committee 1/13/2012.  Committee meeting held 1/18/2012. Introduced 1/25/2012. Committee hearing held 2/1/2012.  Passed Committee 2/2/2012. Passed House 2/6/2012. Transmitted to Senate and referred to Senate Committee on Health Care, Human Services and Rural Health Policy 2/7/2012. Hearing held 2/15/2012. Passed Senate 2/17/2012. Signed by Governor John Kitzhaber (D) 2/27/2012.

Effective Date: Upon passage


OREGON  H.B.  4059  -  Governance and State Oversight,  State Financial Aid

 

Sponsor: Oregon House Interim Committee on Higher Education

Summary: Enrolled (2/7/2012): Directs the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to work with the State Board of Higher Education and the State Board of Education, as well as independent for-profit and not-for-profit schools to increase certain goals. Those goals include increasing the number of students who receive academic credit for prior learning, increasing the number and type of academic credits accepted for prior learning. Creates an advisory committee that includes a member representing independent not-for-profit institutions. Requires an annual report to the legislature no later than December 31.

Enrolled (2/7/2012): http:­//www­.leg.­state­.or.u­s/12r­eg/me­aspdf­/hb40­00.di­r/hb4­059.e­n.pdf

­Introduced version: http:­//www­.leg.­state­.or.u­s/12r­eg/me­aspdf­/hb40­00.di­r/hb4­059.i­ntro.­pdf­

Status: Introduced, referred to House Higher Education Committee and Joint Ways and Means Committee 2/1/2012. Higher Education Committee public hearing and work session held, amended, reported 2/7/2012.  Referred to Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education 2/15/2012. Education Subcommittee public hearing and work session held, returned to full committee 2/22/2012. Ways and Means work session held, reported 2/24/2012. Passed House, introduced to Senate, referred to Joint Ways and Means Committee 2/27/2012. Reported 2/28/2012. Passed Senate 2/29/2012. Signed by Governor John Kitzhaber (D) 4/11/2012

Effective Date: 7/1/2012


OREGON  H.B.  4141  -  Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: Representative Michael Dembrow (D)

Summary: Enacted version (2/14/2012) requires the governor and members of the State Workforce Investment Board to establish an advisory committee to develop initiatives related to workforce development. Requires the advisory committee to work with state agencies that have workforce-related missions, organized labor, public and private sector postsecondary education institutions, the business community, the public, and local workforce investment boards.

Enacted version (2/14/2012): http:­//www­.leg.­state­.or.u­s/12r­eg/me­aspdf­/hb41­00.di­r/hb4­141.e­n.pdf­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.leg.­state­.or.u­s/12r­eg/me­aspdf­/hb41­00.di­r/hb4­141.i­ntro.­pdf

­Status: Introduced, referred to House Education Committee 2/1/2012. Hearing held 2/9/2012. Work Session held, reported do pass as amended 2/14/2012. Passed House 2/17/2012. Referred to Senate Education and Workforce Development 2/20/2012. Hearing held 2/22/2012. Work Session held 2/23/2012. Reported do pass 2/24/2012. Passed Senate 2/27/2012. Signed by Governor 3/5/2012.

Effective Date: Upon enactment


OREGON  S.B.  1538  -  Governance and State Oversight

 

Sponsor: ORregon Senate Interim Committee on Education and Workforce Development

Summary: Enrolled version (2/8/2012): Directs the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to develop policies to improve the coordination of educational services, including transfers or other movements throughout the higher education system. Confers the licensing of career schools to the responsibility of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Enrolled version (2/8/2012): http:­//www­.leg.­state­.or.u­s/12r­eg/me­aspdf­/sb15­00.di­r/sb1­538.e­n.pdf­

Education and Workforce Development Committee amended version (2/8/2012): http:­//www­.leg.­state­.or.u­s/12r­eg/me­aspdf­/sb15­00.di­r/sb1­538.a­.pdf­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.leg.­state­.or.u­s/12r­eg/me­aspdf­/sb15­00.di­r/sb1­538.i­ntro.­pdf­
 
Status: Introduced, referred to Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee and Joint Ways and Means Committee 2/1/2012. Education and Workforce Development Committee public hearing and work session held, amended, reported 2/8/2012. Assigned to Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education 2/15/2012. Hearing held 2/22/2012. Work session held, returned to full Ways and Means Committee 2/24/2012. Work session held, amended, reported 2/27/2012. Passed Senate, introduced to House, referred to Joint Ways and Means Committee, reported 2/29/2012. Passed House 3/1/2012. Signed by Governor John Kitzhaber (D) 4/11/2012.

Effective Date: Upon enactment


SOUTH DAKOTA  S.B.  191  -  College Accreditation,  Governance and State Oversight, Student Complaints and Arbitration

 

Sponsor: South Dakota Senate Education Committee

Summary: Final version (2/7/2012) prohibits a postsecondary institution from providing education programs at physical locations within South Dakota or publicizing the availability of such programs in South Dakota unless it has been issued a certificate of authorization to provide postsecondary education.

Allows the secretary of state to issue a certificate of authorization to any other postsecondary institution to provide education programs at physical locations within South Dakota if the postsecondary institution:
(a) is established as an instrumentality in South Dakota or is legally established to operate as a private business entity or nonprofit corporation in accordance with applicable state law and
(b) is accredited or is operating under an affiliation agreement whose terms make an accredited postsecondary institution responsible for awarding academic credit and education credentials to its students and maintaining transcripts for such students.

Requires any postsecondary institution changing the name under which it operates its education programs or the physical location of any campus to notify the secretary of state in writing within 30 days of such change.

Requires the Division of Consumer Protection within the Office of the Attorney General to review and act on complaints concerning postsecondary institutions providing education programs at physical locations in South Dakota, including, as necessary, requiring a postsecondary institution to cease its operations in South Dakota. Requires the attorney general to refer the complaint to the institution and provide the institution no less than 30 days to respond to the complaint. Allows the attorney general to refer a complaint to an institution's accrediting agency for review and investigation, with the accrediting agency providing a report of its investigation to the attorney general for further disposition.

Defines "accredited" as the status of public recognition that an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education grants to an institution or educational program that meets the agency's established requirements. Defines "complaint" as an allegation that a postsecondary institution does not meet standards established by the institution's accrediting agency.

Final version (2/7/2012): http:­//leg­is.st­ate.s­d.us/­sessi­ons/2­012/B­ills/­SB191­SED.p­df­

Introduced version: http:­//leg­is.st­ate.s­d.us/­sessi­ons/2­012/B­ills/­SB191­P.pdf­

Status: Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee 1/26/2012. Hearing held and reported as amended 2/7/2012. Passed Senate 2/13/2012. Referred to House Education Committee 2/14/2012. Hearing held and reported as committed 2/22/2012. Passed House 2/23/2012. Sent to governor 2/28/2012. Signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) 3/2/2012.

Effective Date: 90 days after adjournment


TENNESSEE  S.B.  3170  -  State Financial Aid

 

Sponsor: Senator Joe Haynes (D)

Summary: Permits an independent postsecondary institution that was an eligible independent postsecondary institution for lottery scholarship purposes, but became ineligible because of a change in the definition of eligible independent postsecondary institution, to remain in eligible status so long as it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

http:­//www­.capi­tol.t­n.gov­/Bill­s/107­/Bill­/SB31­70.pd­f­

Status: Introduced in Senate 1/25/2012. Referred to Senate Education Committee 1/30/2012. Hearing scheduled 2/29/2012. Hearing held, passed Committee and referred to Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee 3/7/2012. Hearing deferred 4/17/2012. Hearing deferred 4/18/2012. Hearing deferred 4/23/2012. Hearing deferred 4/24/2012. Hearing deferred 4/25/2012. Hearing held, passed Committee as amended 4/26/2012. Passed Senate 4/30/2012. Passed House and awaiting enrollment and transmittal to Governor Bill Haslam (R) 5/1/2012. Signed by governor 5/21/2012.

Companion Bill: 2012 H.B. 3622

Effective Date: Upon passage


UTAH  S.B.  263  -  Nursing Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Senator Gene Davis (D)

Summary: Enacted version (3/6/2012) requires that to qualify graduates for licensure, a nursing education program shall be affiliated with an accredited institution of higher education and be accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), or the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) or be approved by the board and comply with standards defined by division rules.

Enacted version (3/6/2012): http:­//le.­utah.­gov/~­2012/­bills­/sbil­lenr/­sb026­3.htm­

Introduced version: http:­//le.­utah.­gov/~­2012/­bills­/sbil­lint/­sb026­3.htm­

Status: Introduced 2/4/2012. Referred to Senate Education Committee 2/20/2012. Hearing held, amended, reported 2/24/2012. Passed Senate 2/28/2012. Introduced in House 2/28/2012.  Amended and passed House 3/6/2012. Senate concurred with House amendments 3/6/2012.  Delivered to Governor Gary Herbert (R) 3/16/2012. Signed by governor 3/19/2012.

Effective Date: Effective 1/01/2013


VERMONT  H.B.  524  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Representative Donna Sweaney (D)

Summary: Final version (5/2/2012) Allows a dental student who is enrolled in a dental school or college that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association to (a) provide dental treatment under the supervision of a licensed dentist at a state hospital or under licensed instructors within a dental school, college, or dental department of a university recognized by the board; (b) serve as an intern in any hospital approved by the board; or (c) participate in a supervised externship program authorized by a dental school recognized by the board in order to provide dental treatment under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist licensed.

Establishes licensing and education requirements for a person seeking a radiography license, nuclear medicine technology license, and radiation therapy license. Requires a person to (a) graduate from a radiologic technology training program offered by a school of radiologic technology approved by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and (b) obtain primary certification in radiography from ARRT in order to be licensed as a radiographer. Requires a person to (a) graduate from a nuclear medicine technology program offered by a school of nuclear medicine technology approved by ARRT or Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board (NMTCB) and (b) obtain primary certification in nuclear medicine technology from ARRT or NMTCB to be licensed as a nuclear medicine technologist. Requires a person to (a) graduate from a radiation therapy training program offered by a school of radiologic technology approved by ARRT and (b) obtain primary certification in radiation therapy from the ARRT to be registered as a radiation therapists.

Establishes that the board may issue an endorsement of medication administration to a current licensed nursing assistant who (1) has participated in and completed a board-approved medication administration education and competency evaluation program, (2) has passed an examination approved by the board, and (3) has paid the application fee.

Final version: http:­//www­.leg.­state­.vt.u­s/doc­s/201­2/Act­s/ACT­116.p­df­

5/2/2012 amendment: http:­//www­.leg.­state­.vt.u­s/doc­s/201­2/jou­rnal/­SJ120­503.p­df­

4/25/2012 amendment: http:­//www­.leg.­state­.vt.u­s/doc­s/201­2/cal­endar­/SC12­0426.­pdf#p­age=1­

3/14/2012 version: http:­//www­.leg.­state­.vt.u­s/doc­s/201­2/bil­ls/Ho­use/H­-524.­pdf­

Introduced version: http:­//www­.leg.­state­.vt.u­s/doc­s/201­2/bil­ls/In­tro/H­-524.­pdf­

Status: Introduced and referred to Government Operations Committee 1/11/2012. Hearing held 2/2/2012. Hearing held 2/7/2012 - 2/10/2012. Hearing held 2/14/2012 - 2/16/2012. Hearing held 2/22/2012. Hearing held 2/29/2012. Hearing held 3/2/2012. Passed committee, as amended 3/14/2012. Passed House 3/15/2012. Introduced in Senate, referred to Committee on Government Operations 3/16/2012. Hearing held 3/27/2012. Hearing held 4/4/2012. Hearing held 4/10/2012. Hearing held 4/12/2012. Hearing held 4/13/2012. Reported favorably with amendments 4/25/2012. Passed Senate as amended 5/1/2012. House concurred with amendment and amends amendment 5/2/2012. Senate concurred with House amendment 5/3/2012. Signed by Governor Peter Shumlin (D) 5/9/2012.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012


VIRGINIA  S.B.  517  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Senator Frank Wagner (R)

Summary: Final version (2/21/2012) requires the Board of Nursing to implement certain due process requirements to be followed before restricting the enrollment of any nursing education program. Provides that any restriction on enrollment shall be limited to one year. Requires a program subject to any term or condition set forth in an order or decision letter entered by the Board of Nursing that constitutes a restriction on enrollment for a nursing education program to have 30 days from the entry of the board's order or decision letter to request a formal hearing, and requires any term or condition restricting enrollment to be stayed upon recipet of such a request within 30 days from the board's entry of its order or the decision letter.

Requires the board to provide to a nursing education program any written complaint or written summary of a verbal complaint related to the program when any administrative request for information is initiated or subpoena issued.

Authorizes a nursing program, in addition to the program director, a nursing education program may designate one or more persons with whom the board will communicate for purposes of providing official notices, obtaining information, and responding to requests for information regarding the nursing education program; such persons need not be licensed nurses and need not maintain their primary place of business at the same address as the nursing education program.

Final version (2/21/2012): http:­//lis­.virg­inia.­gov/c­gi-bi­n/leg­p604.­exe?1­21+fu­l+SB5­17H1+­pdf­

House Committee version (2/10/2012): http:­//lis­.virg­inia.­gov/c­gi-bi­n/leg­p604.­exe?1­21+fu­l+SB5­17S1+­pdf­

Introduced version: http:­//lis­.virg­inia.­gov/c­gi-bi­n/leg­p604.­exe?1­21+fu­l+SB5­17­

Status: Introduced and referred to Senate Committee on Education and Health 1/13/2012.  Hearing held 2/9/2012. Reported out of committee with substitute 2/9/2012. Committee substitute agreed to, passed Senate 2/13/2012. Referred to House Health, Welfare and Institutions 2/17/2012. Hearing held, reported out of committee 2/21/2012. Passed House 2/23/2012. Senate concurred with substitute 2/27/2012. Signed by Governor Bob McDonnell (R) 4/5/2012.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012


WASHINGTON  S.B.  6121  -  Governance and State Oversight,  State Financial Aid

 

Sponsor: Senator David Frockt (D)

Summary: Current version (2/2/2012) requires the Office of Student Financial Assistance to provide a financial aid counseling curriculum to institutions of higher education with state need grant recipients.

Current version (2/2/2012) http:­//app­s.leg­.wa.g­ov/do­cumen­ts/bi­lldoc­s/201­1-12/­Pdf/B­ills/­Senat­e%20B­ills/­6121-­S.pdf­

Introduced version: http:­//app­s.leg­.wa.g­ov/do­cumen­ts/bi­lldoc­s/201­1-12/­Pdf/B­ills/­Senat­e%20B­ills/­6121.­pdf­

Status: Introduced and referred to the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee 1/11/2012. Hearing held 1/17/2012.  Hearing held and passed Committee with amendments 2/2/2012. Passed Senate and referred to House Higher Education committee 2/11/2012. Hearing held 2/15/2012. Executive committee hearing held 2/20/2012. Passed House Higher Education committee and referred to House Rules Committee 2/20/2012. Passed House and transmitted to Governor Chris Gregoire (D) 2/29/2012. Signed by governor 3/7/2012.

Effective Date: 90 days after signature


WASHINGTON  S.B.  6237  -  Allied Health Credentialing Issues

 

Sponsor: Senator Karen Keiser (D)

Summary: Final version (2/23/2012): provides that the secretary of the Department of Health shall issue a registration as a medical assistant-registered to any person who has been either certified by the department or endorsed by a health care practitioner. Provides that in order to be certified by the Department of Health for each position, an individual must have satisfactorily completed the relevant training program approved by the secretary. Directs the secretary to adopt rules that establish the minimum requirements necessary for a health care practitioner, clinic, or group practice to endorse a medical assistant-registered as qualified to perform the duties authorized by this chapter and be able to file an attestation of that endorsement with the department. Provides that in order to be endorsed by a health care practitioner, an individual must be endorsed by a health care practitioner, clinic, or group practice and have an attestation of their endorsement to perform those medical tasks signed by a supervising health care practitioner filed with the department.

Provides that for the purposes of setting fees, the secretary shall consider health care assistants and medical assistants as one profession. Directs the Department of Health to make accommodations for rural and small medical practices and clinics by providing for alternative means by which medical assistants may qualify for registration.

Requires the secretary to adopt rules specifying the minimum qualifications for a medical assistant-certified, medical assistant-hemodialysis technician, and medical assistant-phlebotomist.

Final version (2/23/2012): http:­//app­s.leg­.wa.g­ov/do­cumen­ts/bi­lldoc­s/201­1-12/­Pdf/B­ills/­Senat­e%20P­assed­%20Le­gisla­ture/­6237-­S.PL.­pdf­

Senate version (2/9/2012): http:­//app­s.leg­.wa.g­ov/do­cumen­ts/bi­lldoc­s/201­1-12/­Pdf/B­ills/­Senat­e%20B­ills/­6237-­S.E.p­df­

Introduced: http:­//app­s.leg­.wa.g­ov/do­cumen­ts/bi­lldoc­s/201­1-12/­Pdf/B­ills/­Senat­e%20B­ills/­6237.­pdf­

Status: Introduced and referred to Senate Committee on Health and Long Term Care 1/17/2012.  Hearing held 1/18/2012. Executive session held, reported out committee 1/25/2012. Passed Senate 2/9/2012.  Referred to House Health Care and Wellness 2/13/2012. Hearing held 2/15/2012. Reported from committee 2/20/2012. Referred to Health & Human Services Appropriations & Oversight Committee 2/21/2012. Reported from committee amended 2/23/2012. Passed House 2/29/2012. Senate concurred with House amendment 3/5/2012.  Delivered to Governor Christine Gregoire (D) 3/8/2012. Signed by governor 3/29/2012.

Effective Date: 90 days after adjournment


 

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