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Require License Practice Genetic Counseling

Concerning the regulation of genetic counselors, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2020 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The bill enacts the "Genetic Counselor Licensure Act". On and after June 1, 2021, a person cannot practice genetic counseling without being licensed by the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies. To be licensed, a person must have been certified by a national body; except that the director may issue a provisional license to a candidate for certification pursuant to requirements established by rule.

The bill gives title protection to genetic counselors and standard licensing, rule-making, and disciplinary powers to the director. Genetic counselors must have insurance. The bill repeals the act on September 1, 2027, subject to sunset review. Genetic counselors are subject to the mandatory disclosures of the "Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act of 2010".

The bill appropriates $35,895 from the division of professions and occupations cash fund to the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies, of which $15,990 is reappropriated to the department of law, to implement the act.

(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 Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. J. Ginal, Sen. N. Todd
Rep. J. Buckner, Rep. D. Michaelson Jenet



Sen. C. Hansen, Sen. K. Priola, Sen. J. Tate, Sen. F. Winter

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details