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Bill Detail: SB21-092

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Title Sunset Surgical Assistants And Surgical Technologists
Status Governor Signed (05/17/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors M. Soper (R)
I. Jodeh (D)
Senate Sponsors C. Kolker (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 02/17/2021

Sunset Process - Senate Health and Human Services
Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department

of regulatory agencies in its sunset review and report on the surgical
assistants and surgical technologists registration program. Specifically:
  • Sections 1 and 2 of the bill continue the surgical assistant
and surgical technologist registration program for 7 years,
until 2028.
  • Section 3 requires a surgical assistant or surgical
technologist whose registration is revoked or who has
surrendered a registration in lieu of disciplinary action to
wait 2 years before reapplying for registration and
authorizes the director of the division of professions and
occupations within the department of regulatory agencies
(director) to issue letters of admonition and confidential
letters of concern to surgical assistants and surgical
  • Section 4 clarifies that a registrant may be disciplined for
failing to notify the director of the limitations created by an
illness or other health condition, act within such
limitations, or act within the limitations imposed under a
confidential agreement with the director to limit practice.
Section 4 also adds the following as grounds for discipline:
  • Habitual or excessive use of alcohol, a
habit-forming drug, or a controlled substance;
  • Failing to notify the director of any disciplinary
  • Failing to respond in a materially responsive and
timely manner to a complaint;
  • Practicing outside the scope of the practice of a
surgical assistant or surgical technologist; and
  • Failing to satisfy generally accepted standards of
practice as a surgical assistant or surgical
  • Sections 5 and 6 allow the director to enter into
confidential agreements with surgical assistants or surgical
technologists to limit practice based on an illness or other
health condition that affects the ability to safely practice the

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