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HB1640SupportRansoneHealth carriers; nurse practitioners. Requires health insurers and health services plan providers whose policies or contracts cover services that may be legally performed by licensed nurse practitioners to provide equal coverage for such services when rendered by a licensed nurse practitioner. The bill contains an enactment that exempts the measure from the requirement that the Health Insurance Reform Commission review any legislative measure containing a mandated health insurance benefit or provider. The bill has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2019.03/12/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 332 (effective 10/1/19)YYNY
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HB1847SupportAdams, D.M.Commission on Wellness and Opportunity; report. Establishes the Commission on Wellness and Opportunity to (i) establish the mission and vision of what wellness means for Virginia by (a) examining various dimensions of wellness, including but not limited to, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and social wellness, and (b) developing a comprehensive theoretical framework; (ii) identify and define measurable opportunities and outcomes that build community competence around well-being; and (iii) make policy recommendations for improving the quality of life for the people of the Commonwealth.02/05/19 H Left in RulesNNYN
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HB1848Adams, D.M.Department of Health Professions; disclosure of investigative information. Allows the Department of Health Professions and health regulatory boards to disclose otherwise confidential information related to disciplinary hearings to the Virginia Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia if such information relates to nursing or nurse aide education programs regulated by the Board of Nursing.Department of Health Professions; disclosure of investigative information. Allows the Department of Health Professions and health regulatory boards to disclose otherwise confidential information related to disciplinary hearings to the Virginia Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia if such information relates to nursing or nurse aide education programs regulated by the Board of Nursing.

03/18/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 418 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB1858SupportMcQuinnVirginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund. Creates the Virginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund to provide funding for the construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects, defined in the bill, in underserved communities.02/05/19 H Left in AppropriationsNNYN
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HB1967RasoulPhysicians; requirement of medical specialty board certification prohibited. Prohibits hospitals and other entities that employ or provide staff membership or professional privileges to individuals licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth, medical malpractice insurance providers, or health insurance providers from considering active certification of a physician by a medical specialty board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Association, the National Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, or any other nationally recognized entity providing medical specialty certification as a prerequisite for employment, the granting or continuing of staff membership or professional privileges, issuance of medical malpractice insurance coverage, reimbursement for services provided to a person covered by a health insurance policy, or licensure to practice medicine in the Commonwealth.02/05/19 H Left in Commerce and LaborNNYN
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HB1970KilgoreTelemedicine services; coverage and practice. Requires insurers, corporations, or health maintenance organizations to cover remote patient monitoring services as part of their coverage of telemedicine services to the full extent that these services are available. The bill defines remote patient monitoring services as the delivery of home health services using telecommunications technology to enhance the delivery of home health care, including monitoring of clinical patient data such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oximetry, blood glucose, and other condition-specific data; medication adherence monitoring; and interactive video conferencing with or without digital image upload.The bill requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for the payment of medical assistance for health care services provided through telemedicine services, including remote monitoring services and the use of telemedicine technologies as it pertains to remote patient monitoring services, to the full extent that these services are available.The bill provides that provisions of the Code of Virginia regulating health professions regulated by the Board of Medicine do not prevent or prohibit any practitioner of one of such professions who is located in another state and is in good standing with the applicable regulatory agency in such state from providing telemedicine services within the scope of his practice to a patient located in Virginia.Finally, the bill provides that in cases in which a practitioner of the healing arts is providing telemedicine services, such practice is deemed to occur where the practitioner is located at the time of provision.Telemedicine services; coverage. Requires insurers, corporations, or health maintenance organizations to cover medically necessary remote patient monitoring services as part of their coverage of telemedicine services to the full extent that these services are available. The bill defines remote patient monitoring services as the delivery of home health services using telecommunications technology to enhance the delivery of home health care, including monitoring of clinical patient data such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oximetry, blood glucose, and other condition-specific data; medication adherence monitoring; and interactive video conferencing with or without digital image upload. The bill requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for the payment of medical assistance for medically necessary health care services provided through telemedicine services.

03/05/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 211 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB1998SupportPriceExposure to bodily fluids; infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses; expedited testing. Requires a general district court to hold a hearing within 48 hours of a petition being filed seeking to compel collection of a blood specimen for testing for human immunodeficiency virus or the hepatitis B or C viruses when exposure to bodily fluids occurs between a person and any health care provider, person employed by or under the direction and control of a health care provider, law-enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical services personnel, person employed by a public safety agency, or school board employee and the person whose blood specimen is sought refuses to consent to providing such specimen. The bill directs the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia to publish a petition form for such filing. If the court is closed during the 48-hour time period, the petition shall be heard on the next day that the court is in session. The bill allows a testing order to be issued based on a finding that there is probable cause to believe that exposure has occurred. Any person who is the subject of such order may appeal to the circuit court of the same jurisdiction within 10 days of receiving notice of the order. The bill specifies that no specimen obtained as a result of a testing order shall be tested for any purpose other than for the purpose provided for in the bill, nor shall the specimen or the results of such testing be used for any purpose in any criminal matter or investigation. Any violation shall constitute reversible error in any criminal case in which the specimen or results were used.02/15/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 27 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2004SupportAirdCommunity health workers; certification. Requires the Department of Health to approve one or more entities to certify community health workers in the Commonwealth and prohibits a person from using or assuming the title of certified community health worker unless he is certified by an entity approved by the Department.02/05/19 H Left in AppropriationsNNYN
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HB2129SupportGuzmanBoard of Nursing; application for license or certification; military spouse; expedited review. Requires that the Board of Nursing expedite application processing, to the extent possible pursuant to current law, in cases in which an applicant for licensure or certification is licensed or certified in another state and is relocated to the Commonwealth pursuant to a spouse's official military orders.03/08/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 287 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2158PlumDispensing of naloxone. Expands the list of individuals who may dispense naloxone pursuant to a standing order to include health care providers providing services in hospital emergency departments and emergency medical services personnel and eliminates certain requirements. The bill establishes requirements for the dispensing of naloxone in an injectable formulation with a hypodermic needle or syringe. The bill also allows a person who dispenses naloxone on behalf of an organization to charge a fee for the dispensing of naloxone, provided that the fee is no greater than the cost to the organization of obtaining the naloxone dispensed.03/05/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 221 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2169ThomasPhysician assistants; licensure by endorsement. Authorizes the Board of Medicine to issue a license by endorsement to an applicant for licensure as a physician assistant who (i) is the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Commonwealth, (ii) holds current certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and (iii) holds a license as a physician assistant that is in good standing, or that is eligible for reinstatement if lapsed, under the laws of another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States possession or territory.03/12/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 338 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2184KilgoreSpecial volunteer license for limited practice. Provides that any qualified practitioner of the healing arts or other profession regulated by the Board of Medicine who does not regularly practice his profession in Virginia and who holds a current valid license or certificate to practice his profession in another state, territory, district, or possession of the United States may be issued a special volunteer license to render free health care in conjunction with a publicly supported, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sponsors the provision of health care to underserved populations in Virginia, subject to conditions set out in the bill. The bill directs the Board to promulgate regulations to implement the special volunteer license for limited practice. The bill also removes reporting requirements for dentists and dental hygienists volunteering to provide free health care for up to three consecutive days to an underserved area of the Commonwealth under the auspices of a publicly supported all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sponsors the provision of health care to populations of underserved people.03/08/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 290 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2228BagbyComposition of the Boards of Nursing and Psychology; health regulatory boards; staggered terms. Alters the composition of the Board of Nursing and replaces the requirement that the Board of Nursing meet each January with the requirement that it meet at least annually. The bill also removes specific officer titles from the requirement that the Board of Nursing elect officers from its membership. The bill replaces the requirement that a member of the Board of Psychology be licensed as an applied psychologist with the requirement that that position be filled by a member who is licensed in any category of psychology. The bill also provides a mechanism for evenly staggering the terms of members of the following health regulatory boards, without affecting the terms of current members: Board of Nursing, Board of Psychology, Board of Dentistry, Board of Long-Term Care Administrators, Board of Medicine, Board of Veterinary Medicine, Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Board of Pharmacy, and Board of Counseling.02/27/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 169 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2267PoindexterHospitals; drawing of certain blood samples. Directs the Board of Health to amend regulations governing hospitals to require each hospital to which funds are appropriated in any general appropriation act to collect blood samples from patients who are unwilling or unable to provide consent to the collection of such samples when such samples are required by a valid search warrant.02/05/19 H Tabled in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsNNYN
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HB2318SupportMcGuirePossession and administration of naloxone; school nurses; local health department employees. Adds school nurses, local health department employees that are assigned to a public school pursuant to an agreement between the local health department and school board, and other school board employees or individuals contracted by a school board to provide school health services, to the list of individuals who may possess and administer naloxone or other opioid antagonist, provided that they have completed a training program.03/05/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 212 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2425LevineVirginia Department of Health; monitoring of health care-associated infections. Requires health care facilities that are required to report information about health care-associated infections (HAIs) to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to release such data to the Board of Health through the NHSN.03/08/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 293 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2426LevineDispensing of controlled substances; advance disclosure of charge. Requires every person licensed to dispense controlled substances to provide to the patient for whom such controlled substance is dispensed, or to the patient's authorized representative, an estimate of the payment amount for which the patient will be responsible, prior to dispensing such controlled substance.

02/05/19 H Tabled in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsNNYN
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HB2457LandesPractitioners of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, or chiropractic; retiree license. Provides that the Board of Medicine may issue a retiree license to any doctor of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, or chiropractic who holds a valid unrestricted license to practice in the Commonwealth upon receipt of a request and submission of the required fee. The bill provides that a person to whom a retiree license has been issued shall not be required to meet continuing competency requirements for the first biennial renewal of such license. The bill also provides that a person to whom a retiree license has been issued may only engage in the practice of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry or chiropractic for the purpose of providing charity care or in-home health care services to patients for whom travel is a barrier to receiving health care.03/14/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 379 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2493SupportTranAdministration of topical drugs; dental hygienists, physician assistants, and nurses. Authorizes a dental hygienist practicing under remote supervision to administer topical oral anesthetics, topical and directly applied antimicrobial agents for treatment of periodontal pocket lesions, and any other Schedule VI topical drug approved by the Board of Dentistry. Under current law, a dental hygienist must be practicing under general supervision to do so. Additionally, the bill authorizes a physician assistant, nurse, or dental hygienist to possess and administer topical fluoride varnish pursuant to an oral or written order or a standing protocol. Under current law, such possession and administration is limited to administration to children aged six months to three years and is required to conform to standards adopted by the Department of Health.03/18/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 431 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2556PlumDepartment of Health Professions and health regulatory boards; information obtained in an investigation or disciplinary proceeding; authorized disclosures. Provides that provisions protecting the confidentiality of information obtained during an investigation or disciplinary hearing do not prohibit the disclosure of information about a suspected violation of state or federal law or regulation to state law enforcement. Under current law, such disclosure is authorized only to agencies within the Health and Human Resources Secretariat or to federal law-enforcement agencies. The bill also provides that investigative staff of agencies to which disclosure is authorized are not prohibited from interviewing fact witnesses, disclosing to fact witnesses the identity of the subject of the complaint or report, or reviewing with fact witnesses any portion of records or other supporting documentation necessary to refresh the fact witnesses' recollection.03/21/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 663 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2606SupportWardExposure to bodily fluids; infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses; expedited testing. Requires a general district court to hold a hearing within 48 hours of a petition being filed seeking to compel collection of a blood specimen for testing for human immunodeficiency virus or the hepatitis B or C viruses when exposure to bodily fluids occurs between a person and any health care provider, person employed by or under the direction and control of a health care provider, law-enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical services personnel, person employed by a public safety agency, or school board employee and the person whose blood specimen is sought refuses to consent to providing such specimen. The bill allows a testing order to be issued based on a finding that there is probable cause to believe that exposure has occurred. The bill directs the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to publish a petition form for such filing. The bill specifies that no specimen obtained as a result of a testing order shall be tested for any purpose other than for the purpose provided for in the bill, nor shall the specimen or the results of such testing be used for any purpose in any criminal matter or investigation. Any violation shall constitute reversible error in any criminal case in which the specimen or results were used.02/05/19 H Left in Courts of JusticeNNYN
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HB2652HopeRegulation of licensed providers; Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to require disclosure of certain information about employees. Directs the Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to amend regulations governing licensed providers to require every licensed provider to provide a statement regarding the character, ability, and fitness for employment of a current or past employee or other individual currently or previously associated with the provider in a capacity that requires a criminal history background check to any other licensed provider with which the current or past employee has applied for employment or to fill a role that requires a criminal history background check upon receipt of a request for such information from the other licensed provider and written consent to the disclosure of such information executed by the current or past employee or other individual currently or previously associated with the provider in a capacity that requires a criminal history background check.03/22/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 776 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HB2748SupportStollePurchase, possession, and sale of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products; minimum age requirements; penalties. Increases the minimum age for persons prohibited from purchasing or possessing tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products, and the minimum age for persons such products can be sold to, from 18 years of age to 21 years of age with an exception for active duty military personnel. The bill also allows tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products to be sold from a vending machine if there is posted notice of the minimum age requirements and the machine is located in a place that is not open to the general public and not generally accessible to persons under 21 years of age. Under current law, tobacco products may be sold from a vending machine if there is posted notice of the minimum age requirements and the machine is located in a place that is not open to the general public and not generally accessible to minors. This bill is identical to SB 1727. 02/21/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 90 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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HJ614SupportDelaneyStudy; Virginia State Crime Commission; forensic nursing; report. Directs the Virginia State Crime Commission to study current access to forensic nursing programs across the Commonwealth, determine the costs associated with establishing additional programs in regions that lack coverage, identify funding sources for forensic nursing programs to assist with the costs of recovering evidence and providing expert testimony, identify opportunities to increase availability of forensic nursing certifications, evaluate existing forensic nursing programs in other states, and identify best practices that could be utilized in the Commonwealth.02/05/19 H Left in RulesNNYN
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SB1178SupportSturtevantHealth carriers; nurse practitioners. Requires health insurers and health services plan providers whose policies or contracts cover services that may be legally performed by licensed nurse practitioners to provide equal coverage for such services when rendered by a licensed nurse practitioner. The bill contains an enactment that exempts the measure from the requirement that the Health Insurance Reform Commission review any legislative measure containing a mandated health insurance benefit or provider. The bill has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2019.03/12/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 333 (effective 10/1/19)YYNY
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SB1189SupportDanceVirginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund. Creates the Virginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund to provide funding for the construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects, defined in the bill, in underserved communities.01/16/19 S Incorporated by Finance (SB999-Stanley) (16-Y 0-N)NNYN
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SB1221ChafinTelemedicine services; coverage. Requires insurers, corporations, or health maintenance organizations to cover medically necessary remote patient monitoring services as part of their coverage of telemedicine services to the full extent that these services are available. The bill defines remote patient monitoring services as the delivery of home health services using telecommunications technology to enhance the delivery of home health care, including monitoring of clinical patient data such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oximetry, blood glucose, and other condition-specific data; medication adherence monitoring; and interactive video conferencing with or without digital image upload. The bill requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for the payment of medical assistance for medically necessary health care services provided through telemedicine services.03/05/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 219 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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SB1280SupportBarkerCommunity health workers; certification. Prohibits a person from using or assuming the title of certified community health worker unless he is certified by an entity approved by the Department of Health. The bill requires an individual seeking certification to submit to the Department completed application and evidence satisfactory to the Department that the individual is certified by a Department-approved credentialing entity.02/19/19 H Left in AppropriationsNYYN
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SB1395SupportHowellThreats of death or bodily injury to a health care provider. Provides that any person who orally makes a threat to kill or to do bodily injury against any health care provider who is engaged in the performance of his duties in a hospital or in an emergency room on the premises of any clinic or other facility rendering emergency medical care is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, unless the person is on the premises of the hospital or emergency room as a result of an emergency custody order, an involuntary temporary detention order, an involuntary hospitalization order, or an emergency custody order of a conditionally released acquittee.03/18/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 506 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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SB1526SupportSturtevantCertificate of public need; psychiatric beds and facilities. Repeals the requirement for a certificate of public need for certain projects involving mental hospitals or psychiatric hospitals and intermediate care facilities established primarily for the medical, psychiatric, or psychological treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with substance abuse. The bill creates a new permitting process for such projects, exempted from the certificate of public need process, that requires the Commissioner of Health to issue a permit upon the agreement of the applicant to certain charity care conditions and quality of care standards.02/05/19 S Read third time and defeated by Senate (14-Y 26-N)NNYN
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SB1557SupportDunnavantBoard of Pharmacy; cannabidiol oil and tetrahydrocannabinol oil; regulation of pharmaceutical processors. Authorizes licensed physician assistants and licensed nurse practitioners to issue a written certification for use of cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil. The bill requires the Board to promulgate regulations establishing dosage limitations, which shall require that each dispensed dose of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil not exceed 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol. The bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry to convene a work group to review and recommend an appropriate structure for an oversight organization for the medical marijuana program in Virginia and report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and Education and Health and the House Committees on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2019.03/21/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 681 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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SB1632SupportSturtevantCannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; use at school. Requires local school boards to adopt and implement policies permitting a student who has been issued a valid written certification for the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil to use such oils while at school. The bill prohibits a school board from suspending or expelling such a student for such use. The bill prohibits a school nurse employed by a local school board, person employed by a local health department who is assigned to the public school pursuant to an agreement between the local health department and the school board, or other person employed by or contracted with a local school board to deliver health-related services from being prosecuted for possession or distribution of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil or for storing, dispensing, or administering cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil, in accordance with the policy adopted by the local school board, to a student who has been issued a valid written certification for its use. Finally, the bill requires the Department of Health Professions, in coordination with the Department of Education, to develop and make available to school boards, a standardized form to be completed by the certification issuing physician and the dispensing pharmaceutical processor.03/18/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 574 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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SB1727SupportNormentPurchase, possession, and sale of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products; minimum age requirements; penalties. Increases the minimum age for persons prohibited from purchasing or possessing tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products, and the minimum age for persons such products can be sold to, from 18 years of age to 21 years of age with an exception for active duty military personnel. The bill also allows tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products to be sold from a vending machine if there is posted notice of the minimum age requirements and the machine is located in a place that is not open to the general public and not generally accessible to persons under 21 years of age. Under current law, tobacco products may be sold from a vending machine if there is posted notice of the minimum age requirements and the machine is located in a place that is not open to the general public and not generally accessible to minors. This bill is identical to HB 2748.02/21/19 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 102 (effective 7/1/19)YYNY
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SB1773DunnavantHealth regulatory boards; conversion therapy. Directs the Board of Counseling, the Board of Medicine, the Board of Nursing, the Board of Psychology, and the Board of Social Work to each promulgate regulations or guidance documents defining conversion therapy and the unprofessional conduct in the practice of conversion therapy with any person under 18 years of age. The bill requires such regulations or guidance documents to ensure any interventions in such practice are patient-centered and align with relevant primary sources or policy statements from the relevant professional association.01/31/19 S Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (13-Y 1-N)NNYN
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SB1778NewmanHealth regulatory boards; conversion therapy. Directs the Board of Counseling, the Board of Medicine, the Board of Nursing, the Board of Psychology, and the Board of Social Work to each promulgate regulations prohibiting the use of electroshock therapy, aversion therapy, or other physical treatments in the practice of conversion therapy with any person under 18 years of age.02/06/19 S Left in Education and HealthNNYN
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