AB 435

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Apr 22, 2021
  • Passed Senate Aug 30, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Sep 23, 2021

Hearing aids: locked programming software: notice.

Abstract

Existing law, the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers Licensure Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and hearing aid dispensers by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board, which is within the Department of Consumer Affairs. A violation of the act is a crime. Existing law requires a licensed hearing aid dispenser or a licensed audiologist, upon the consummation of the sale of a hearing aid, to deliver to the purchaser a written receipt containing specified information, including, among other things, the address and office hours at which the licensee is available for servicing of the hearing aid and the terms of any guarantee or written warranty. Existing law requires a licensed hearing aid dispenser or a licensed audiologist to maintain certain records, including a copy of the written receipt, for 7 years and to permit inspection by the board upon reasonable notice. This bill would refer to a licensed dispensing audiologist instead of a licensed audiologist in the above-described provisions. The bill would require a licensed hearing aid dispenser or a licensed dispensing audiologist, before the consummation of the sale of a hearing aid that uses proprietary programming software or locked, nonproprietary software, as those terms are defined, to provide the purchaser with a written notice in 12-point type or larger that contains specified language informing the purchaser that the hearing aid can only be serviced or programmed at specific facilities or locations. The bill would require the written notice to be signed by the purchaser before the sale and would require the licensed hearing aid dispenser or a licensed dispensing audiologist to maintain a copy of the notice in accordance with the record-keeping requirements described above. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (1)

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Sep 23, 2021

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 266, Statutes of 2021.

Sep 07, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.

Aug 31, 2021

Assembly

In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.

Aug 30, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.).

Aug 16, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

Jul 15, 2021

Senate

From committee: Be ordered to second reading file pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8 and ordered to Consent Calendar.

Jun 30, 2021

Senate

In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Jun 21, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

May 12, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on B., P. & E.D.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B., P. & E.D.

Apr 26, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Apr 22, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 77. Noes 0. Page 1152.)

Apr 15, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

Apr 14, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (April 14).

Apr 07, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (April 6). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 15, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & P.

Mar 11, 2021

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on B. & P. Read second time and amended.

Feb 12, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Com. on B. & P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & P.

Feb 05, 2021

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 7.

Feb 04, 2021

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB435 HTML
02/04/21 - Introduced PDF
03/11/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/01/21 - Enrolled PDF
09/23/21 - Chaptered PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/03/21- Assembly Business and Professions PDF
04/12/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
06/18/21- Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development PDF
08/18/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF

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