AB 2686: Speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and hearing aid dispensers

Coauthored by Assembly Member Megan Dahle

Existing law, the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers Licensure Act, until January 1, 2023, establishes the Speech-Language Pathology Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board within the Department of Consumer Affairs for the licensure and regulation of speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology aides, speech language pathology assistants, audiologists, dispensing audiologists, and hearing aid dispensers. Existing law provides for the appointment of members of the board by specified appointing authorities, and, until January 1, 2023, authorizes the board to appoint an executive officer. Existing law authorizes an appointing authority to remove from office at any time any member of a board appointed by the appointing authority for continued neglect of duties, incompetence, or unprofessional or dishonorable conduct. Existing law makes a violation of the act a misdemeanor.
This bill would extend the operation of the board and the authorization to appoint an executive officer until January 1, 2027, and would authorize an appointing authority to remove from office at any time any member of the board appointed by that appointing authority. The bill would specify that, in addition to the enforcement and administration of the act, the board is vested with other regulatory duties of the act. The bill would require an applicant, registrant, or licensee under the act who has an email address to provide it to the board no later than July 1, 2023. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.