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Licensing Subcommittee

THIRD MEETING

2007-2008 Regular Session - March 14, 2007

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRD MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
LICENSING SUBCOMMITTEE


MINUTES


Representative Cy Thao, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in Room 300S of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

THAO, Cy (Chair)
BUNN, Julie(Vice-Chair)
ABELER, Jim
FINSTAD, Brad
FRITZ, Patti
HAMILTON, Rod
MURPHY, Erin
NORTON, Kim

A quorum was present.

Rep. Norton moved that the minutes of March 12, 2007 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Thao moved that SF26 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Health and Human Services Committee.

SF26 (Thissen) Board of Medical Practices' advisory councils expiration dates extended

Chair Thao moved the S0026DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Thao moved the S0026A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Thao announced a recess at 6:40 P.M.

Chair Thao reconvened the meeting at 6:42 P.M.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Pam Luinenburg, Coordinator, MN Coalition of Licensed Social Workers

Rep. Abeler moved the S0026A2 amendment. The amendment was laid over.

Rep. Abeler moved to amend SF26, the DE1 amendment with 07-3334 as follows:

Page 21 after line 19 insert:

1.7 Section 36. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 148B.53, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
1.8 Subd. 3. Fee. Nonrefundable fees are as follows:
1.9(1) initial license application fee for licensed professional counseling (LPC) - $250
1.10$150;
1.11(2) initial license fee for LPC - $250;
1.12(3) annual active license renewal fee for LPC - $200 $250 or equivalent;
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1.13(3) (4) annual inactive license renewal fee for LPC - $100 $125;
1.14(4) (5) initial license application fee for licensed professional clinical counseling
1.15(LPCC) - $150;
1.16(6) initial license fee for LPCC - $250;
1.17(7) annual active license renewal fee for LPCC - $250 or equivalent;
1.18(8) annual inactive license renewal fee for LPCC - $125;
1.19(9) license renewal late fee - $100 per month or portion thereof;
1.20(5) (10) copy of board order or stipulation - $10;
1.21(6) (11) certificate of good standing or license verification - $10 $25;
1.22(7) (12) duplicate certificate fee - $10 $25;
1.23(8) (13) professional firm renewal fee - $25;
1.24(9) (14) sponsor application for approval of a continuing education course - $60;
1.25(15) initial registration fee - $50; and
2.1(10) (16) annual registration renewal fee - $25; and
2.2(17) approved supervisor application processing fee - $30.

2.3 Sec. 37. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 148C.12, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.4to read:
2.5 Subd. 12. Sponsor application fee. The fee for sponsor application for approval
2.6of a continuing education course is $60.

2.7 Sec. 38. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 148C.12, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.8to read:
2.9 Subd. 13. Order or stipulation fee. The fee for a copy of a board order or
2.10stipulation is $10.

2.11 Sec. 39. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 148C.12, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.12to read:
2.13 Subd. 14. Duplicate certificate fee. The fee for a duplicate certificate is $25.

2.14 Sec. 40. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 148C.12, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.15to read:
2.16 Subd. 15. Supervisor application processing fee. The fee for licensure supervisor
2.17application processing is $30.

Renumber accordingly

Providing testimony:

Kari Rechtzigel, Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

Rep. Bunn assumed the gavel at 6:50 P.M.

Chair Thao assumed the gavel at 6:55 P.M.

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THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Thao moved to amend the 07-3334 amendment as follows:

Delete lines 1.14 thru 1.18

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Chair Thao moved the S0026A4 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler moved that HF2105 be taken up for consideration to be included in SF26.

HF2105 (Abeler) A bill for an act relating to health-related licensing; establishing licensure requirements for foreign trained professional counselors; adding professional counselors as a professional service

Providing testimony:

Kari Rechtzigel, Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Nick Ruiz, Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

Chair Thao moved toamend SF26, the DE1 amendment as follows:

Page 21 after line 19 insert:
5.3 Sec. 2. [148B.532] DEGREES FROM FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS.
5.4 Subdivision 1. Scope and documentation. In addition to meeting all other licensure
5.5requirements, an applicant for licensure whose degree was received from a foreign degree
5.6program that is not recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
5.7Education Programs (CACREP) or from a foreign institution of higher education that is
5.8not accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher
5.9Education Accreditation (CHEA) must fulfill the requirements of this section, providing
5.10certified English translations of board-required relevant documentation.
5.11 Subd. 2. Education evaluation. An applicant for licensure as a licensed
5.12professional counselor must present evidence of completion of a degree equivalent to
5.13that required in section 148B.53, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (3), and paragraph
5.14(b). An applicant for licensure as licensed professional clinical counselor must present
5.15evidence of completion of a degree equivalent to that required in section 148B.5301,
5.16subdivision 1, clause (3). This evidence will be evaluated by the board with the assistance
5.17of a credentials evaluation service familiar with educational standards and professional
5.18qualification. The evaluation must be sent directly to the board from the evaluating
5.19agency. Agencies providing evaluation services must be accepted by the National Board
5.20for Certified Counselors, Inc. The applicant shall be responsible for the expenses incurred
5.21as a result of the evaluation.


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THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Thao moved to amend the oral amendment as follows:

Delete lines 5.14 thru 5.15
Line 5.16 delete to the period.

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Thao moved that HF1724 be taken up for consideration.

HF1724 (Walker) A bill for an act relating to health; providing for licensing of naturopathic doctors

Vice Chair Bunn assumed the gavel at 7:30 P.M.

Providing testimony in support of the bill:

Leslie Vileny, MNANP
Dan Campo, Lobbyist, MNANP
Diaa Osman, Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MNANP)
Helen Heeley, MNANP
Paul Ratte, MNANP

Chair Thao assumed the gavel at 7:40 P.M.

Providing testimony in opposition to the bill:

Nancy Hone, Traditional Naturopath
Greg Schmidt, President, Natural Health Legal Reform Project
Jeri Johnson and Diane Miller
George Schoerphoerster, MD
Julianne Seiber, Minnesota Dietetic Association
Boyd Landry, The Coalition for Natural Health
Phil Griffin, Preferred One

Chair Thao renewed his motion that SF26, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services.

THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 P.M.


REP. Cy Thao, CHAIR


Urszula Gryska
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF57/SF26* (Thao) Board of Medical Practices' advisory councils expiration dates extended
HF2035 (Abeler) Minnesota Board of Social Work Practice Act adopted
HF2043 (Abeler) Professional clinical counselors licensing established, and mental health professionals definitions modified.
HF2105 (Abeler) A bill for an act relating to health-related licensing; establishing licensure requirements for foreign trained professional counselors; adding professional counselors as a professional service
HF218 (Walker) Health-related licensing boards complaint resolution provisions modified
HF1724 (Walker) A bill for an act relating to health; providing for licensing of naturopathic doctors