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92_HB4255sam001 LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 4255 2 AMENDMENT NO. . Amend House Bill 4255, on page 1, by 3 replacing line 1 with the following: 4 "AN ACT concerning the regulation of professions."; and 5 on page 6, by replacing line 1 with the following: 6 "hours of continuing education every 24 months. The 7 continuing education requirement may be waived in part or in 8 whole for such good cause, including but not limited to 9 illness or hardship, as may be determined by rule."; and 10 on page 7, by replacing lines 7 through 12 with the 11 following: 12 "Section 70. Fees; returned checks. 13 (a) The Department shall provide by rule for a schedule 14 of fees for the administration and enforcement of this Act, 15 including but not limited to original licensure, renewal, and 16 restoration. The fees shall be nonrefundable. 17 (b) All fees collected under this Act shall be deposited 18 into the General Professions Dedicated Fund and shall be 19 appropriated to the Department for the ordinary and 20 contingent expenses of the Department in the administration 21 of this Act. 22 (c) A person who delivers a check or other payment to -2- LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 the Department that is returned to the Department unpaid by 2 the financial institution upon which it is drawn shall pay to 3 the Department, in addition to the amount already owed to the 4 Department, a fine of $50. The fines imposed by this Section 5 are in addition to any other discipline provided under this 6 Act for unlicensed practice or practice on a nonrenewed 7 license. The Department shall notify the person that fees and 8 fines shall be paid to the Department by certified check or 9 money order within 30 calendar days of the notification. If, 10 after the expiration of 30 days from the date of the 11 notification, the person has failed to submit the necessary 12 remittance, the Department shall automatically terminate the 13 license or deny the application without a hearing. If the 14 person seeks a license after termination or denial, he or she 15 shall apply to the Department for restoration or issuance of 16 the license and pay all fees and fines due to the Department. 17 The Department may establish a fee for the processing of an 18 application for restoration of a license to defray the 19 expenses of processing the application. The Director may 20 waive the fines due under this Section in individual cases if 21 the Director finds that the fines would be unreasonable or 22 unnecessarily burdensome."; and 23 on page 8, by replacing lines 31 and 32 with the following: 24 "(15) Gross negligence in his or her practice under 25 this Act."; and 26 on page 9, immediately below line 24, by inserting the 27 following: 28 "(d) In enforcing this Section, the Department upon a 29 showing of a possible violation may compel any person 30 licensed to practice under this Act or who has applied for 31 licensure or certification pursuant to this Act to submit to 32 a mental or physical examination, or both, as required by and 33 at the expense of the Department. The examining physicians -3- LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 shall be those specifically designated by the Department. The 2 Department may order the examining physician to present 3 testimony concerning this mental or physical examination of 4 the licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded 5 by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating 6 to communications between the licensee or applicant and the 7 examining physician. The person to be examined may have, at 8 his or her own expense, another physician of his or her 9 choice present during all aspects of the examination. Failure 10 of any person to submit to a mental or physical examination, 11 when directed, shall be grounds for suspension of a license 12 until the person submits to the examination if the Department 13 finds, after notice and hearing, that the refusal to submit 14 to the examination was without reasonable cause. 15 If the Department finds an individual unable to practice 16 because of the reasons set forth in this Section, the 17 Department may require that individual to submit to care, 18 counseling, or treatment by physicians approved or designated 19 by the Department, as a condition, term, or restriction for 20 continued, reinstated, or renewed licensure to practice; or, 21 in lieu of care, counseling, or treatment, the Department may 22 file a complaint to immediately suspend, revoke, or otherwise 23 discipline the license of the individual. 24 Any person whose license was granted, continued, 25 reinstated, renewed, disciplined or supervised subject to 26 such terms, conditions or restrictions, and who fails to 27 comply with such terms, conditions or restrictions, shall be 28 referred to the Director for a determination as to whether 29 the person shall have his or her license suspended 30 immediately, pending a hearing by the Department. 31 In instances in which the Director immediately suspends a 32 person's license under this Section, a hearing on that 33 person's license must be convened by the Department within 15 34 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable -4- LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 delay. The Department shall have the authority to review the 2 subject person's record of treatment and counseling regarding 3 the impairment, to the extent permitted by applicable federal 4 statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of 5 medical records. 6 A person licensed under this Act and affected under this 7 Section shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to 8 the Department that he or she can resume practice in 9 compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards under the 10 provisions of his or her license."; and 11 on page 9, by deleting lines 25 through 33; and 12 on page 10, by deleting lines 1 through 21; and 13 on page 11, line 23, after "electrologist", by inserting 14 "pursuant to Section 75 of this Act"; and 15 on page 12, line 30, by replacing "70" with "75"; and 16 on page 16, immediately below line 21, by inserting the 17 following: 18 "Section 162. Unlicensed practice; violation; civil 19 penalty. 20 (a) Any person who practices, offers to practice, 21 attempts to practice, or holds oneself out to practice 22 electrology without being licensed under this Act shall, in 23 addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil 24 penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $5,000 25 for each offense as determined by the Department. The civil 26 penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing 27 is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this 28 Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline 29 of a licensee. 30 (b) The Department has the authority and power to 31 investigate any and all unlicensed activity. -5- LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 (c) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after 2 the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. 3 The order shall constitute a judgment and may be filed and 4 execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from 5 any court of record."; and 6 on page 17, immediately below line 8, by inserting the 7 following: 8 "Section 905. The Medical Practice Act of 1987 is 9 amended by changing Section 20 as follows: 10 (225 ILCS 60/20) (from Ch. 111, par. 4400-20) 11 (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2007) 12 Sec. 20. Continuing education. The Department shall 13 promulgate rules of continuing education for persons licensed 14 under this Act that require 150 hours of continuing education 15 per license renewal cycle. These rules shall be consistent 16 with requirements of relevant professional associations, 17 speciality societies, or boards. The rules shall also 18 address variances in part or in whole for good cause, 19 including but not limited to
forillness or hardship. In 20 establishing these rules, the Department shall consider 21 educational requirements for medical staffs, requirements for 22 specialty society board certification or for continuing 23 education requirements as a condition of membership in 24 societies representing the 2 categories of licensee under 25 this Act. These rules shall assure that licensees are given 26 the opportunity to participate in those programs sponsored by 27 or through their professional associations or hospitals which 28 are relevant to their practice. Each licensee is responsible 29 for maintaining records of completion of continuing education 30 and shall be prepared to produce the records when requested 31 by the Department. 32 (Source: P.A. 89-702, eff. 7-1-97; 90-742, eff. 8-13-98.) -6- LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 Section 910. The Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing 2 Act is amended by changing Section 15-45 as follows: 3 (225 ILCS 65/15-45) 4 (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2008) 5 Sec. 15-45. Continuing education. The Department shall 6 adopt rules of continuing education for persons licensed 7 under this Title that require 50 hours of continuing 8 education per 2-year license renewal cycle. The rules shall 9 not be inconsistent with requirements of relevant national 10 certifying bodies or State or national professional 11 associations. The rules shall also address variances in part 12 or in whole for good cause, including but not limited to for13 illness or hardship. The continuing education rules shall 14 assure that licensees are given the opportunity to 15 participate in programs sponsored by or through their State 16 or national professional associations, hospitals, or other 17 providers of continuing education. Each licensee is 18 responsible for maintaining records of completion of 19 continuing education and shall be prepared to produce the 20 records when requested by the Department. 21 (Source: P.A. 90-742, eff. 8-13-98.) 22 Section 915. The Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 23 1987 is amended by changing Section 16 as follows: 24 (225 ILCS 80/16) (from Ch. 111, par. 3916) 25 (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2007) 26 Sec. 16. Renewal, reinstatement or restoration of 27 licenses; military service. The expiration date and renewal 28 period for each license and certificate issued under this Act 29 shall be set by rule. 30 All renewal applicants shall provide proof of having met 31 the requirements of continuing education set forth in the -7- LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 rules of the Department. The Department shall, by rule, 2 provide for an orderly process for the reinstatement of 3 licenses which have not been renewed due to failure to meet 4 the continuing education requirements. The continuing 5 education requirement may be waived for such good cause, 6 including but not limited to illness or in cases of extreme7 hardship, as defined by rules of the Department. 8 The Department shall establish by rule a means for the 9 verification of completion of the continuing education 10 required by this Section. This verification may be 11 accomplished through audits of records maintained by 12 registrants; by requiring the filing of continuing education 13 certificates with the Department; or by other means 14 established by the Department. 15 Any optometrist who has permitted his or her license to 16 expire or who has had his or her license on inactive status 17 may have his or her license restored by making application to 18 the Department and filing proof acceptable to the Department 19 of his or her fitness to have his or her license restored and 20 by paying the required fees. Such proof of fitness may 21 include evidence certifying to active lawful practice in 22 another jurisdiction and must include proof of the completion 23 of the continuing education requirements specified in the 24 rules for the preceding license renewal period for the 25 applicant's level of certification that has been completed 26 during the 2 years prior to the application for license 27 restoration. 28 The Department shall determine, by an evaluation program 29 established by rule, his or her fitness for restoration of 30 his or her license and shall establish procedures and 31 requirements for such restoration. 32 However, any optometrist whose license expired while he 33 or she was (1) in Federal Service on active duty with the 34 Armed Forces of the United States, or the State Militia -8- LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 called into service or training, or (2) in training or 2 education under the supervision of the United States 3 preliminary to induction into the military service, may have 4 his or her license restored without paying any lapsed renewal 5 fees if within 2 years after honorable termination of such 6 service, training, or education, he or she furnishes the 7 Department with satisfactory evidence to the effect that he 8 or she has been so engaged and that his or her service, 9 training, or education has been so terminated. 10 (Source: P.A. 92-451, eff. 8-21-01.) 11 Section 920. The Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987 12 is amended by changing Section 14 as follows: 13 (225 ILCS 100/14) (from Ch. 111, par. 4814) 14 (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2008) 15 Sec. 14. Continuing education requirement. Podiatric 16 physicians licensed to practice in Illinois shall, as a 17 requirement for renewal of license, complete continuing 18 education at the rate of at least 25 hours per year. Such 19 hours shall be earned (1) from courses offered by sponsors 20 validated by the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association 21 Continuing Education Committee and approved by the Podiatric 22 Medical Licensing Board; or (2) by continuing education 23 activities as defined in the rules of the Department. 24 Podiatric physicians shall, at the request of the Department, 25 provide proof of having met the requirements of continuing 26 education under this Section. The Department shall by rule 27 provide an orderly process for the reinstatement of licenses 28 which have not been renewed due to the licensee's failure to 29 meet requirements of this Section. The requirements of 30 continuing education may be waived by the Director, upon 31 recommendation by the Board, in whole or in part for such 32 good cause, including but not limited to illness or in cases-9- LRB9212746ACsbam01 1 of extremehardship, as defined by the rules of the 2 Department. 3 The Department shall establish by rule a means for the 4 verification of completion of the continuing education 5 required by this Section. This verification may be 6 accomplished through audits of records maintained by 7 registrants; by requiring the filing of continuing education 8 certificates with the Department; or by other means 9 established by the Department. 10 (Source: P.A. 86-596; 86-1472; 87-546.)".
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