HB 22-1235

  • Colorado House Bill
  • 2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Apr 18, 2022
  • Passed House Apr 11, 2022
  • Passed Senate May 05, 2022
  • Signed by Governor Jun 08, 2022

Sunset Continue Regulation Of Veterinary Practice

Abstract

Sunset Process - House Agriculture, Livestock, and Water Committee. The bill implements recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies, as specified in the department's sunset review of and report on the "Colorado Veterinary Practice Act" (practice act), as follows: Continues the practice act for 11 years, until September 1, 2033 ( sections 1 and 2 of the bill); Requires a veterinarian to notify the board of veterinary medicine (board) if the veterinarian suffers from a physical illness or condition or a behavioral or mental health disorder that renders the veterinarian unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety ( section 6 ); Repeals the requirement that the board send a letter of admonition by certified mail ( section 14 ); Requires veterinarians to create a written plan for the storage, security, and disposal of patient records ( section 18 ); and If the board has reasonable cause to believe a veterinarian is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety due to a physical condition, authorizes the board to order the veterinarian to submit to an examination and to suspend the veterinarian's license for failing to comply with the board's order ( section 20 ). The bill makes other amendments to the practice act as follows: Authorizes a person who is not a licensed veterinarian in this state to administer rabies vaccinations in a clinic setting under direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian, or through the indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian if the person is working on behalf of an animal shelter for shelter-owned animals ( sections 9 and 22 ); Adds two members to the board who are veterinary technicians ( section 10 ); Requires credit hours of practice act jurisprudence as part of veterinarians' continuing education program and permits veterinarians to take nonbiomedical courses as part of the program ( section 12 ); Repeals and reenacts the veterinary peer health assistance program to reorganize existing provisions, to allow veterinary technicians access to the program and to require veterinary professionals, including veterinary technicians, to self-refer to the program upon arrest for a drug- or alcohol-related crime ( section 19 ); and Creates the veterinary professional assistance program funded through licensing fees to provide counseling, education, coaching, and other services, as requested, to veterinarians and veterinary technicians concerning issues including physical and mental health and wellness, workplace concerns, and legal and financial issues ( section 19 ). Section 21 creates the regulation of veterinary technicians. Effective January 1, 2024, a person who practices as a veterinary technician in this state must be registered by the board. To be registered, a person must have been certified by a national body. For an individual who is not yet nationally certified but who has been practicing as a veterinary technician, the board may issue a provisional registration of limited duration under specified circumstances. Veterinary technicians are subject to discipline by the board for engaging in conduct that is grounds for discipline.Section 21 gives title protection to veterinary technicians and grants standard registration, rule-making, and disciplinary powers to the board. Section 21 repeals the regulation of veterinary technicians on September 1, 2033, subject to and consistent with the sunset review of the practice act.Sections 22 through 29 replace "humane society" with "animal shelter" to update and make terminology consistent in statute.Sections 3 through 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 13 through 17 amend existing provisions throughout the practice act to include veterinary technicians, as applicable, and make other conforming amendments. (Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.) (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Bill Sponsors (3)

Votes


May 05, 2022

Apr 11, 2022

Actions


Jun 08, 2022

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

Jun 06, 2022

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor

Senate

Signed by the President of the Senate

Jun 03, 2022

House

Signed by the Speaker of the House

May 05, 2022

Senate

Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

May 04, 2022

Senate

Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments

May 03, 2022

Senate

Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Senate

Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Senate Committee of the Whole

Apr 27, 2022

Senate

Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Finance Appropriations

Apr 18, 2022

Senate

Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance

  • Introduction
Finance

Apr 11, 2022

House

House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Apr 08, 2022

House

House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

House

House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
House Committee of the Whole Appropriations

Mar 17, 2022

House

House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Finance Appropriations

Mar 07, 2022

House

House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Water Refer Amended to Finance

  • Referral-Committee
Finance

Feb 11, 2022

House

Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Water

  • Introduction
Agriculture, Livestock, & Water

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Signed Act (06/08/2022) PDF
Final Act (06/06/2022) PDF
Rerevised (05/05/2022) PDF
Revised (05/04/2022) PDF
Reengrossed (04/11/2022) PDF
Engrossed (04/08/2022) PDF
Introduced (02/11/2022) PDF
PA2 (04/08/2022) PDF
PA1 (03/08/2022) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (04/06/2022) PDF
Fiscal Note SA2 (05/02/2022) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (03/04/2022) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (03/14/2022) PDF

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