Senator Fields, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-153.
Under current law, the Podiatry Board and the regulation of podiatrists,
which is housed in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), is scheduled
to repeal on July 1, 2019. This bill extends the repeal date to September
1, 2026, after a sunset review by DORA. The bill also clarifies that a
podiatrist must pass an exam in order to be licensed by the Podiatry Board;
allows the board to enter into a confidential agreement with a podiatrist
to limit their scope of practice if the podiatrist suffers from a physical
or mental illness; and removes the requirement that the board send a letter
of admonition through certified mail. In addition, a podiatrist may be
subject to discipline if a podiatrist does not limit their practice as
agreed to in the confidential agreement.