HS HCS SS SS SCS SB 1122 -- PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
This bill changes the laws regarding the regulation of
professions by the Division of Professional Registration.
Persons enrolled in accredited interpreter training programs are
exempt from licensure if they are only engaged in activities
which constitute part of their course of study.
Certified deaf interpreters from other states will be allowed to
practice without a license for the purpose of providing temporary
services at special events.
The division is given the authority to deny license renewal of
deaf interpreters for failure to provide satisfactory evidence of
current certification with the commission.
Provisions regarding the licensing of dietitians are modified.
(1) Establishes the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics
Education of the American Dietetic Association as the accrediting
body for persons wishing to become licensed dietitians in this
(2) Creates definitions for "dietetic practice," "dietitian,"
"licensed dietitian," "medical nutrition therapy," and
(3) Places the State Committee of Dietitians within the
(4) Authorizes the committee to assist the division in enforcing
the provisions of the Dietitians Practice Act;
(5) Requires the committee to approve the licensing examination;
(6) Prohibits persons from using the title or saying they are
licensed dietitians unless duly licensed by the committee;
(7) Exempts certain persons from licensure that do not call
themselves licensed dietitians; and
(8) Contains provisions regarding lapsed and inactive licenses.
The title "registered commercial interior designer" is changed to
"registered interior designer" in the statutes dealing with their
Political subdivisions are not required to use registered
interior designers for residential construction purposes.
The division is authorized to issue temporary licenses for
persons entering the state for the sole purpose of participating
in a state or national convention where the applicant will be
practicing the profession of tattooing, body piercing, or
branding. The temporary license will be valid for 14 days.
The bill provides for the licensing of barber apprentices and the
certification of barber apprentice supervisors. Prior to being
eligible to apply for a barber's license, barber apprentices must
work at least 2,000 hours under a licensed barber who is
certified by the State Board of Barber Examiners as a barber
apprentice supervisor. Applicants for a barber apprentice
certificate must be at least 17 years old.
Laws regarding the practice of dentistry and the powers of the
Missouri State Dental Board are revised. The bill:
(1) Gives the board authority to issue and enforce subpoenas;
(2) Allows the board to investigate any person licensed to
practice dentistry or any entity permitted to provide dental
services in the state;
(3) Expands the practice of dentistry to include persons
attempting to control or influence a dentist's independent
professional judgment regarding diagnosis and treatment.
Exemptions are provided for certain licensed health care
(4) Allows dental hygienist students and certain persons
practicing dentistry in federally qualified health and homeless
centers to provide services without a license;
(5) Allows certain not-for-profit corporations to provide dental
services if the corporation employs persons licensed in this
state and serves certain low-income populations;
(6) Lists the not-for-profit organizations and corporations
which are exempted from the income restrictions;
(7) Requires not-for-profit corporations to obtain a permit from
the board. Not-for-profit corporations will be subject to
discipline in the same manner as any other licensee of the board;
(8) Exempts federally qualified health centers from the permit
process but requires them to register with the board. The
registration is not subject to discipline, but licensees are
subject to discipline by the board for actions taken while
working at the centers.
DENTAL HYGIENE ADVISORY COMMISSION
The Missouri Dental Board is required to pay a per diem not to
exceed $50 a day for actual and necessary expenses incurred by
members of the Advisory Commission for Dental Hygienists.
The bill changes the laws regarding the licensing of physical
therapists and physical therapy assistants. Persons having
failed the physical therapy or physical therapist assistant
licensing exam three or more times may be licensed by the State
Board of Registration for the Healing Arts if they hold an
unsanctioned license from another state and have maintained a
clinical practice for the previous three years. Persons having
failed the physical therapy licensing exam three or more times
and not holding a license from another state may take the
licensing exam three additional times if they have obtained a
professional degree in physical therapy at a higher level than
Temporary licenses for physical therapists and physical therapist
assistants are required to be valid for only 90 days or until the
results of the licensing exam are received.
It is a cause for discipline when a licensed physical therapist
practices independent of the prescription and direction of a
physician, dentist, or podiatrist licensed in another state.
Only persons licensed as registered nurses and recognized by the
State Board of Nursing as an advance practice nurse may use the
title "Advance Practice Registered Nurse."
The definition of "qualified employment" under the Nursing
Student Loan Program is modified to include any licensed hospital
as defined by the Hospital Licensing Law.
Residents of Missouri holding licenses to practice social work in
other states will be granted licenses to practice social work if
the other state's license requirements are substantially the same
Licensed clinical social workers will be eligible for Medicaid
The bill contains provisions relating to pharmacies, pharmacists,
pharmaceutical services, and drug distributors. The bill:
(1) Allows the State Board of Pharmacy to place the names of
pharmacy technicians on the employee disqualification list;
(2) Gives the board the authority to refuse to issue
certificates of registration or licenses and suspend or restrict
licenses for certain conduct;
(3) Authorizes the board to issue civil penalties against
unlicensed persons engaging in the practice of pharmacy;
(4) Allows for an appeals process for the imposition of civil
penalties before the Administrative Hearing Commission;
(5) Provides for immunity from civil liability for persons
providing good faith information regarding licensees;
(6) Adds two new pharmacy classifications: non-sterile
compounding pharmacy and Internet pharmacy;
(7) Gives the board the authority to terminate the distribution
of prescription drugs that have been adulterated, misbranded, or
(8) Allows the board to request an order of payment for
disciplinary cases from the commission when complaints are filed
and actual and necessary costs are incurred from investigating
and prosecuting the case. If it is determined that the order of
payment represents the actual and necessary costs associated with
investigating and prosecuting the case, the commission is
required to issue an order of payment to the licensee when
discipline is imposed.
SPEECH PATHOLOGY ASSISTANTS
Provisions regarding the licensing requirements of speech
pathology assistants are repealed and the bill requires them to
have a bachelor's degree.
BAIL BOND AND SURETY RECOVERY AGENTS
The bill changes the laws regarding bail bond agents and
establishes a licensing procedure for surety recovery agents,
generally known as bounty hunters. The bill specifies the
requirements for obtaining a license to be a bail bond agent or
surety recovery agent, establishes fees to cover the
administration of the licensing, and grants authority to the
Director of the Department of Insurance to regulate those agents.
(1) Prohibits anyone from engaging in the bail bond business
without being licensed by the department. Violation is a class A
misdemeanor, and any subsequent offense is a class D felony;
(2) Requires bail bond agents and surety recovery agents to
receive at least 24 hours of basic training and eight hours of
biennial continuing education, with a curriculum approved by the
department. The costs of the training are to be paid by the
applicant, but the cost cannot be more than $200 for the basic
training and $150 for the biennial continuing education. Persons
with at least two years of peace officer experience are exempt
from the required training as a surety recovery agent;
(3) Requires a $150 licensing fee, with the licenses valid for
(4) Allows the department to demand additional assignment of
assets from a bail bond agent if circumstances warrant, up to
$25,000. Current law allows up to $10,000;
(5) Requires the collateral demanded by bail bond agents to be
reasonable in relation to the amount of the bond;
(6) Allows the department to establish reciprocal agreements
with other states which have similar qualifications and training
requirements for bail bond industry licensees;
(7) Prohibits the granting of a bail bond agent license or
surety recovery agent license to anyone who, within the last 15
years, has been convicted of a felony; a crime involving moral
turpitude or child molestation; or any crime involving the use of
(8) Grants the department authority to issue cease and desist
orders to any person violating any of the provisions of the bill;
(9) Grants the department subpoena power to compel testimony
regarding possible violations;
(10) Authorizes the department to file complaints with the
Administrative Hearing Commission against licensees; and
(11) Allows bail bond agents to detain subjects in a lawful
manner and enter upon public or private property in order to
execute apprehension of a subject if the agent has probable
grounds to believe the subject breached the terms of the surety
agreement. Agents may not detain subjects for more than 72
Provisions of this section become effective January 1, 2005.
All athlete agents operating in this state will be required to be
registered and certified by the division. Fees for registration
and renewal will be established by the division and deposited
into the Athlete Agent Fund, which is created by the bill.
Registration and certification are valid for a two-year period
and may be renewed indefinitely. The division director may
refuse to issue a certificate or may suspend or revoke a
certificate because of the following circumstances:
(1) The applicant has been convicted of a crime of moral
(2) The applicant made false statements on the application;
(3) The applicant has had a similar license suspended or revoked
in another state; or
(4) The applicant has caused a student-athlete to be suspended
from or to be ineligible for any interscholastic or
intercollegiate athletic event.
The bill requires all contracts between agents and athletes to be
written and contain certain information, including the basis for
the agent's fee and a notice warning the student-athlete about
the possible loss of eligibility.
LICENSURE OF FOREIGN APPLICANTS
Persons from foreign countries when making application for a
license or temporary permit to practice within any of the
professions regulated by the division must provide their visa
and/or passport identification number in lieu of a Social
The bill requires moneys in the Athletic Fund, the State
Committee of Psychologists Fund, the Committee of Professional
Counselors Fund, the Marital and Family Therapists Fund, and the
Hearing Instrument Specialist Fund to be three times the
preceding year's appropriation prior to being placed in the
General Revenue Fund.
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Missouri House of Representatives
92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
Last Updated September 23, 2004 at 11:16 am