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A08367 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A8367

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the education law, in relation to
including chemistry, hematology, microbiology and blood banking
(immunohematology) as areas covered by a restricted clinical
laboratory license

PURPOSE:

This bill would include chemistry,hematology, microbiology and blood
banking (immunohematology) as areas covered by a restricted clinical
laboratory license.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 - Amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 8610 of
the education law, as added by Chapter 204 of the laws of 2008. Adds
new restricted licensing categories of chemistry, hematology,
microbiology and blood banking (immunohematology).

Section 2 - Effective date JUSTIFICATION:

There is an annual demand of approximately 640 new laboratory
professionals while only approximately 230 are graduated annually. In
addition it has been estimated that In of the current workforce plans
to retire within the next five years.

NYSED law does not permit graduates from other states to obtain NYS
certification or licensure without passing the NYS general exam. This
bill would enable those individuals to do so by passing a specialty
exam.

Chapter 336 of 2013 extended limited licensing through 2016. However,
this legislation did not address the critical need for more laboratory
technicians in these critical areas. Adding these new limited
licensing categories will help address the shortage of licensed
technicians in New York until sufficient numbers of new licensed
technicians can be trained and graduated.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill, Similar to A.6124 of 2013

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Nominal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.
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