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(127th General Assembly)
(Senate Bill Number 143)
To amend sections 4753.02, 4753.05, and 4753.11 and
to enact sections 4753.073 and 4753.101 of the
Revised Code to establish a limited student permit
category for speech language pathology interns,
and to declare an emergency.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. That sections 4753.02, 4753.05, and 4753.11 be
amended and sections 4753.073 and 4753.101 of the Revised Code be
enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 4753.02. No person shall practice, offer to practice,
or aid and abet
the practice of the profession of speech-language
audiology, or use in connection with
his the person's
otherwise assume, use, or advertise any title or
description tending to convey the impression that he the person
a speech-language pathologist or audiologist unless the person is
licensed or permitted
under this chapter.
Sec. 4753.05. (A) The board of speech-language pathology
audiology may make reasonable rules necessary for the
administration of this chapter. The board shall adopt rules to
practice by speech-language
pathologists and audiologists
licensed or permitted pursuant to
adopted under this chapter shall be
Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(B) The board shall determine the nature and scope of
examinations to be administered to applicants for licensure
pursuant to this chapter in the practices of speech-language
pathology and audiology, and shall evaluate the qualifications of
all applicants. Written examinations may be supplemented by such
practical and oral examinations as the board shall determine by
rule. The board shall determine by rule the minimum examination
score for licensure. Licensure shall be granted independently in
speech-language pathology and audiology. The board shall
a current public record of all persons licensed, to be
available upon request.
(C) The board shall publish and make available, upon
the licensure and permit standards prescribed by this chapter and
rules adopted pursuant thereto.
(D) The board shall submit to the governor each year a
of all its official actions during the preceding year
with any recommendations and findings with regard to the
improvement of the professions of audiology and speech-language
(E) The board shall investigate all alleged irregularities
the practices of speech-language pathology and audiology by
persons licensed or permitted pursuant to this chapter and any
this chapter or rules adopted by the board. The
board shall not
investigate the practice of any person
specifically exempted from
licensure under this chapter by section
4753.12 of the Revised
Code, as long as the person is practicing
within the scope of
person's license or is carrying out
responsibilities as described
in division (G) or (H) of section
4753.12 of the Revised Code and
does not claim
to be a
speech-language pathologist or audiologist.
In conducting investigations under this division, the board
oaths, order the taking of depositions, issue
subpoenas, and compel the
attendance of witnesses and the
production of books, accounts, papers,
testimony. In any case of disobedience or neglect of any
served on any person or the refusal of any witness to testify to
matter regarding which the witness may lawfully be
interrogated, the court of common
pleas of any county where such
disobedience, neglect, or refusal occurs or any
judge thereof, on
application by the board, shall compel obedience by
proceedings for contempt, as in the case of disobedience of the
requirements of a subpoena issued from such court, or a refusal to
(F) The board shall conduct such hearings and keep such
records and minutes as are necessary to carry out this chapter.
(G) The board shall adopt a seal by which it shall
authenticate its proceedings. Copies of the proceedings,
and acts signed by the chairperson or
authenticated by such seal shall be prima-facie evidence
in all courts of this state.
Sec. 4753.073. (A)(1) The board of speech-language pathology
and audiology shall issue under its seal a speech-language
pathology student permit to any applicant who submits a plan that
has been approved by the applicant's university graduate program
in speech-language pathology and that conforms to requirements
determined by the board by rule and who meets all of the following
(a) Is enrolled in a graduate program at an educational
institution located in this state that is accredited by the
council on academic accreditation in audiology and speech-language
pathology of the American speech-language-hearing association;
(b) Has completed at least one year of postgraduate training
in speech-language pathology, or equivalent coursework as
determined by the board, and any student clinical experience the
board may require by rule;
(2) The speech-language pathology student permit authorizes
the holder to practice speech-language pathology within limits
determined by the board by rule, which shall include the
(a) The permit holder's caseload shall be limited in a manner
to be determined by the board by rule.
(b) The permit holder's authorized scope of practice shall be
limited in a manner to be determined by the board by rule. The
rule shall consider the coursework and clinical experience that
has been completed by the permit holder and the recommendation of
the applicant's university graduate program in speech-language
(c) The permit holder shall practice only when under the
supervision of a speech-language pathologist who is licensed by
the board and acting under the approval and direction of the
applicant's university graduate program in speech-language
pathology. The board shall determine by rule the manner of
(3) A permit issued under this section shall expire two years
after the date of issuance. Student permits may be renewed in a
manner to be determined by the board by rule.
(4) Each permit holder shall display the permit or an
official duplicate in a conspicuous place where the permit holder
practices speech-language pathology.
Sec. 4753.101. The board of speech-language pathology and
audiology, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code,
may establish rules to govern any disciplinary action to be taken
against a student issued a permit under section 4753.073 of the
Revised Code. The rules established by the board are not subject
to the adjudication procedure requirements of sections 119.06 to
119.13 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 4753.11. (A) For all types of licenses and permits, the
speech-language pathology and audiology shall charge a
nonrefundable licensure or permit fee, to be determined by board
which shall be paid at the time the application is filed
(B) On or before the thirty-first day of January of every
other year, the board shall charge a biennial licensure renewal
fee which shall be determined by board rule and used to defray
costs of the board.
(C) The board may, by rule, provide for the waiver of all
part of such fees when the license is issued less than one
days before the date on which it will expire.
(D) After the last day of the month designated by the
for renewal, the board shall charge a late fee to be
board rule in addition to the biennial licensure
(E) No municipal corporation shall levy an occupational or
similar excise tax on any person licensed under this chapter.
(F) All fees collected under this section and section
of the Revised Code shall be paid into the state treasury
credit of the occupational licensing and regulatory fund.
SECTION 2. That existing sections 4753.02, 4753.05, and
4753.11 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.
SECTION 3. This act is hereby declared to be an emergency
measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public
peace, health, and safety. The reason for the necessity lies in
the fact that the state of Ohio is experiencing a serious shortage
of licensed speech-language pathologists. Therefore, this act
shall go into immediate effect.