On August 24 two key legislative committees held a joint public hearing on two bills that could affect your profession.
Relating to the establishment of a self-certification registry operated by the Department of Safety and Professional Services, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. Assembly Bill 370 text. Senate Bill 296 text.
WSRT Continues to Monitor Occupational Licensure Reform Bills
Thanks to your advocacy efforts, the language included in the Wisconsin state budget bill to eliminate the Wisconsin Radiography Examining Board was removed!
However, the Wisconsin Society of Radiologic Technologists continues to closely monitor several bills under consideration in the Wisconsin Legislature that could weaken or lead to the elimination of Wisconsin’s radiologic technologist licensure law.
Assembly Bill 369/Senate Bill 288 would create an occupational license review council to recommend professions to be deregulated. Assembly Bill 370/Senate Bill 296 would create a self-certification registry and require the Department of Safety and Professional Services to recommend professions that currently have licensure standards in place to be able to voluntarily self-certify based on examinations provided by external organizations. Self-certification would eliminate licensure requirements and instead create a state registry with the names of individuals who have been certified by a national or state organization. Non-registered individuals would be able to practice without any penalty. Assembly Bill 384/Senate Bill 295 would sunset all administrative rules governing licensure programs after seven years, requiring state agencies and boards to rewrite their operating standards.
Wisconsin’s radiologic technologist licensure law was enacted in 2010, and prior to the law’s enactment anyone in Wisconsin was allowed to perform medical imaging examinations. Without this law, our state’s citizens were at risk of unnecessary exposure to radiation at potentially harmful dosages. Unnecessary radiation can increase a patient’s risk of cancer, chromosomal mutations and cause damage to developing fetuses in pregnant women. Wisconsin’s licensure law created the Radiography Examining Board to regulate the practice of radiographers and limited x-ray machine operators.
Talking Points to Use When Discussing the Need to Retain Radiography Licensure in Wisconsin: