VA SB617 | 2022 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 12 2022 - 25% progression
Action: 2022-01-14 - Assigned Education sub: Health
Pending: Senate Education: Health Committee
Hearing: Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm in 5th Floor Pocahontas Building
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]

Summary

Commissioner of Health and local health director qualifications; local variances. Requires the Commissioner of Health to possess a Doctor of Public Health degree, a Master of Public Health degree, or a doctoral degree in the area of public health in addition to the current requirement that the Commissioner of Health be a physician licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth with certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine or a recognized board in a primary care specialty as approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The bill allows local health directors to possess a Doctor of Public Health degree, a Master of Public Health degree, or a doctoral degree in the area of public health as an alternative to the current requirement that local health directors be physicians licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth. Additionally, the bill allows the Commissioner to grant a variance to a state law or regulation of the Board when the Commissioner determines that, upon review of an application from a county, city, or town, (i) the applicant for such variance has demonstrated that the implementation of a regulation would impose a substantial financial or programmatic hardship and (ii) the variance would not adversely affect the safety and well-being of residents of the county, city, or town or the Commonwealth.

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Title

Commissioner of Health and local health director qualifications; local variances.

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History

DateChamberAction
2022-01-14SenateAssigned Education sub: Health
2022-01-12SenateReferred to Committee on Education and Health
2022-01-12SenatePresented and ordered printed 22103430D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
32117(n/a)See Bill Text
32130(n/a)See Bill Text
32134(n/a)See Bill Text

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Bill Comments

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