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147th General Assembly
House Bill # 359 w/HA 1, HA 2, HA 4

Primary Sponsor: Brady Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Poore
CoSponsors: Reps. Bennett, Bolden, Outten, Peterman; NewLine, Sens. Lopez, Pettyjohn, Sokola, Townsend
Introduced on : 05/29/2014
Long Title:AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PHYSICAL THERAPY AND ATHLETIC TRAINING.
Synopsis of Orginal Bill:
(without Amendments)
At the recommendation of the Joint Sunset Committee, this bill revises the State Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers’ licensing law to make it consistent with the laws of other Title 24 boards. This bill updates the Board’s governing statute in several substantive ways. The bill revises the provision pertaining to Board membership and duties, the grounds for discipline, and available sanctions. The bill redefines and expands “practice of physical therapy” and “athletic training,” including telehealth and dry needling in the scope of practice. Under this bill, visiting physical therapists and athletic trainers are authorized to render care for patients affiliated with athletic teams and organizations or performing arts companies who are temporarily practicing, competing, or performing in Delaware. In addition, this bill requires applicants to undergo criminal background checks.

While much of the bill is based on proposals submitted to the Joint Sunset Committee by the Board, the Sunset Review process indicated a need to include a provision prohibiting physical therapists and athletic trainers from holding themselves out in any way as acupuncturists unless they are, in fact, licensed acupuncturists.

Current Status: Signed   On   08/12/2014
Volume Chapter79:406
Date Governor acted:08/12/2014
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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:Not Required
Amendments: HA 3 to HB 359 - Stricken
HA 1 to HB 359 - Passed
HA 2 to HB 359 - Passed
HA 4 to HB 359 - Passed
Committee Reports:
House Committee Report 06/04/14 F=4 M=0 U=0---->Committee Report
Senate Committee report 06/30/14 F=0 M=4 U=0----->Committee Report
Voting Reports:
House vote: () Passed 6/24/2014 8:07:36 PM------->Voting Record
Senate vote: () Passed 7/1/2014 12:22:20 AM------->Voting Record
Engrossed Version:
Engrossment------->Engrossment
Actions History:
Aug 12, 2014 - Signed by Governor
Jul 01, 2014 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 16 YES 5 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jun 30, 2014 - Reported Out of Committee (EXECUTIVE) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
Jun 24, 2014 - Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate
Jun 24, 2014 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 1 NO 1 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jun 24, 2014 - Amendment HA 4 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
Jun 24, 2014 - Amendment HA 3 - Stricken
Jun 24, 2014 - Amendment HA 2 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
Jun 24, 2014 - Amendment HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
Jun 24, 2014 - Amendment HA 4 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
Jun 19, 2014 - Amendment HA 3 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
Jun 19, 2014 - Amendment HA 2 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
Jun 18, 2014 - Amendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
Jun 04, 2014 - Reported Out of Committee (SUNSET COMMITTEE (POLICY ANALYSIS & GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY)) in House with 4 Favorable
May 29, 2014 - Introduced and Assigned to Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability) Committee in House
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