Health, Commissioner of, and local health director; qualifications, local variances. (SB617)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Commissioner of Health and local health director qualifications; local variances. Requires the Commissioner of Health to possess a Doctor of Public Health degree, a Master of Public Health degree, or a doctoral degree in the area of public health in addition to the current requirement that the Commissioner of Health be a physician licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth with certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine or a recognized board in a primary care specialty as approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The bill allows local health directors to possess a Doctor of Public Health degree, a Master of Public Health degree, or a doctoral degree in the area of public health as an alternative to the current requirement that local health directors be physicians licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth. Additionally, the bill allows the Commissioner to grant a variance to a state law or regulation of the Board when the Commissioner determines that, upon review of an application from a county, city, or town, (i) the applicant for such variance has demonstrated that the implementation of a regulation would impose a substantial financial or programmatic hardship and (ii) the variance would not adversely affect the safety and well-being of residents of the county, city, or town or the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »

Status

01/27/2022: Incorporated into Another Bill

History

DateAction
01/12/2022Presented and ordered printed 22103430D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/14/2022Assigned Education sub: Health
01/26/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB617)
01/27/2022Incorporated by Education and Health (SB192-Mason) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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