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Chapter 4743 | Boards, Commissions, And Agencies Generally

 
 
 
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Section 4743.01 | Annual report to legislative service commission.
 

Each board, commission, or agency created under or by virtue of Title XLVII of the Revised Code and such other boards, commissions, and agencies as the director of the legislative service commission determines are regulating occupations and professions shall, on the first day of September, make a report to the legislative service commission of its receipts and disbursements and of its official acts of the preceding fiscal year, in such form as the commission may prescribe. The required report shall include an accounting of the fees such boards, commissions, and agencies charge and receive for examination, licensure, registration, certification, renewal of licensure, and providing of a duplicate copy of such certification or licensure; an accounting of fines charged by such boards, commissions, and agencies for violations of law and rules; the uses such boards, commissions, and agencies make of their revenue; the use of funds, as defined by section 131.01 of the Revised Code, by such boards, commissions, and agencies; the date on which the last adjustment was made to the fee charged; the percentage of increase or decrease of the last adjustment of fees; the authority by which such adjustment was made; and the extent to which such boards, commissions, or agencies have authority to adjust fees. The commission shall receive and consolidate the reports as required by division (H) of section 103.13 of the Revised Code.

Section 4743.02 | Inspecting applicant's examination papers.
 

The examination papers of each applicant examined by boards, commissions, or agencies created under or by virtue of Chapters 4701. to 4741., 4751., and 4757. of the Revised Code shall be open for inspection by the applicant or his attorney for at least ninety days subsequent to the announcement of the applicant's grade; provided, papers not graded by members of examining boards or their employees and which by terms of a contract with any testing company the papers are not available for inspection, need not be made available for inspection; but it shall be the applicant's right to have any such paper regraded manually, upon written request of either himself or his attorney made to the board within ninety days after announcement of the grade.

Section 4743.03 | Prohibiting unreasonable restrictions.
 

No board, commission, or agency created under or by virtue of Title 47 of the Revised Code shall restrict entry into any occupation, profession, or trade under its supervision or regulation by:

(A) Unreasonably restricting the number of schools or other institutions it certifies or accredits for the purpose of fulfilling educational or training requirements for such occupation, profession, or trade;

(B) Denying certification or accreditation for the purpose of fulfilling such educational or training requirements to any school, college, or other educational institution that has been certified by the Ohio board of regents or the state board of career colleges and schools or to a high school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards under division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code, unless the educational or training program offered by such school, college, or institution is not in substantial compliance with applicable standards of the occupation, profession, or trade.

(C) Rules of state regulatory boards relevant to age and level of education required for admission to courses of study leading to examination and licensing in professions or occupations controlled by regulatory boards not requiring a technical, associate, or baccalaureate degree shall not apply to vocational education programs conducted in the public schools where such vocational education programs in all other respects meet the minimum standards and requirements of any regulatory board and students completing such programs are of the minimum age required for examination and licensing for the purpose of practicing professions or occupations controlled by regulatory boards.

Nothing in this section shall prohibit a board, commission, or agency from prescribing and enforcing educational and training requirements and standards for certification and accreditation of schools and other institutions that constitute reasonable bases for maintaining necessary standards of performance in any occupation, profession, or trade.

Section 4743.04 | Renewal of licenses or authority to practice trade for individuals in the armed forces or their spouses.
 

(A) The renewal of a license or other authorization to practice a trade or profession issued under Title XLVII of the Revised Code is subject to the provisions of section 5903.10 of the Revised Code relating to service in the armed forces.

(B) Continuing education requirements applicable to the licensees under Title XLVII of the Revised Code are subject to the provisions of section 5903.12 of the Revised Code relating to active duty military service.

(C) A department, agency, or office of any political subdivision of this state that issues a license or certificate to practice a trade or profession may, pursuant to rules adopted by the department, agency, or office, issue a temporary license or certificate to practice the trade or profession to a person whose spouse is on active military duty in this state.

(D) A department, agency, or office of this state that issues a license or certificate to practice a trade or profession shall issue a temporary license or certificate to practice the trade or profession as provided in section 4743.041 of the Revised Code.

(E) The issuance of a license or other authorization to practice a trade or profession issued under Title XLVII of the Revised Code is subject to the provisions of section 5903.03 of the Revised Code relating to service in the armed forces.

Section 4743.041 | Temporary license or certificate to practice a trade or profession.
 

(A) As used in this section:

"Active guard and reserve" has the meaning defined in 10 U.S.C. 101.

"Military duty" includes service in the uniformed services on active duty, in the active guard and reserve, and as a military technician dual status under 10 U.S.C. 10216.

"Uniformed services" has the meaning defined in 10 U.S.C. 101.

(B) Pursuant to division (D) of section 4743.04 of the Revised Code, a department, agency, or office of this state shall issue a temporary license or certificate to practice a trade or profession to an individual, provided that all of the following qualifications are met:

(1) The individual holds a valid license or certificate to practice the trade or profession issued by any other state or jurisdiction;

(2) The individual is in good standing in the state or jurisdiction of licensure or certification;

(3) The individual presents adequate proof to the department, agency, or office of this state that the individual or the individual's spouse is on military duty in this state; and

(4) The individual complies with sections 4776.01 to 4776.04 of the Revised Code if a department, agency, or office of this state requires an applicant under the law governing the applicable trade or profession to submit to a criminal records check to receive a license or certificate.

(C) A department, agency, or office of this state may, under this section, issue a regular license or certificate in lieu of issuing a temporary license or certificate, provided that the applicant meets the requirements of this section, and provided that the regular license is issued by the deadline specified in division (D) of this section.

(D) If the department, agency, or office of this state requires an individual under the law governing the applicable trade or profession to submit to a criminal records check to receive a license or certificate, and the individual applies for a license or certificate under this section, the department, agency, or office of this state shall, within twenty-four hours after receiving the report under division (A) of section 4776.04 of the Revised Code, notify the applicant that the department, agency, or office of this state has received the results of a criminal records check. A department, agency, or office of this state shall issue a temporary license or certificate or a regular license under this section, provided that the applicant meets the requirements of this section, within thirty days of having received an application, or, if the applicant is subject to a criminal records check, within fourteen days of having received the results of a criminal records check. If the department, agency, or office of this state finds that the individual is under investigation by the licensing agency of any other state or jurisdiction, the department, agency, or office of this state may postpone issuing the license or certificate until the investigation is complete and the licensing agency of the other state or jurisdiction confirms that the individual is in good standing. The department, agency, or office of this state shall verify the standing of the license or certificate issued by another state or jurisdiction when the temporary license is up for renewal. No temporary license shall be valid for a period of more than six years.

(E) A department, agency, or office of this state shall, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, deny an individual a temporary license or certificate issued under this section or revoke an individual's temporary license or certificate issued under this section if any of the following circumstances occur:

(1) The individual's license or certificate issued by another state or jurisdiction expires or is revoked, or the individual is not in good standing;

(2) With respect to an individual who was eligible for a temporary license under this section as the spouse of an individual on military duty, six months have elapsed since the divorce, dissolution, or annulment of the marriage;

(3) The individual is disqualified from obtaining a license in the trade or profession because of a conviction, judicial finding of guilt, or plea of guilty to a disqualifying criminal offense specified on the list the department, agency, or office of this state makes available pursuant to division (C) of section 9.78 of the Revised Code.

(F) An individual with a temporary license or certificate or a regular license issued under this section may practice the trade or profession in this state only within the scope and practice that is permitted under Ohio law and that does not exceed the individual's training.

(G) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Code, a department, agency, or office of this state shall waive all fees associated with the issuance of a temporary license or certificate issued under this section.

(H) Each department, agency, or office of this state that issues a license or certificate to practice a trade or profession shall adopt rules under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code as necessary to implement this section.

(I) Each department, agency, or office of this state that issues a license or certificate to practice a trade or profession, shall, upon the conclusion of the state fiscal year, prepare a report on the number and type of temporary licenses or certificates that were issued during the fiscal year under this section. The report shall be provided to the director of veterans services not later than thirty days after the end of the fiscal year. The director shall compile the reports and make them available to the public.

(J) A license or certificate issued under this section shall be considered a license issued under the laws regulating the practice of the applicable occupation or profession in this state. Provisions of law applicable to a license issued to an applicant who does not obtain a license under this section apply in the same manner to licenses issued under this section.

Section 4743.05 | Disposition of funds collected; Occupational licensing and regulatory fund.
 

(A) Except as otherwise provided in sections 4701.20, 4723.062, 4723.082, 4729.65, 4781.121, and 4781.28 of the Revised Code, all money collected under Chapters 3773., 4701., 4703., 4709., 4713., 4715., 4717., 4723., 4725., 4729., 4732., 4733., 4734., 4736., 4741., 4744., 4747., 4753., 4755., 4757., 4758., 4771., 4775., 4779., and 4781. of the Revised Code shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the occupational licensing and regulatory fund, which is hereby created for use in administering such chapters.

(B) At the end of each quarter, the director of budget and management shall transfer from the occupational licensing and regulatory fund to the nurse education assistance fund created in section 3333.28 of the Revised Code the amount certified to the director under division (B) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code.

(C) At the end of each quarter, the director shall transfer from the occupational licensing and regulatory fund to the certified public accountant education assistance fund created in section 4701.26 of the Revised Code the amount certified to the director under division (H)(2) of section 4701.10 of the Revised Code.

(D) On August 30, 2021, and every two years thereafter, the director shall transfer from the occupational licensing and regulatory fund to the veterinary student debt assistance fund created in section 4741.56 of the Revised Code the amount certified to the director under section 4741.57 of the Revised Code.

Section 4743.07 | Training in the recognition and handling of human trafficking cases.
 

The general assembly strongly recommends that every board, commission, or agency that is created under or by virtue of Title XLVII of the Revised Code and that is authorized to grant licensure or certification to persons who may encounter human trafficking victims in the normal course of their work promulgate rules pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to require those persons, as a condition of receiving or maintaining licensure or certification, to receive training in the recognition and handling of human trafficking cases.

Section 4743.08 | Consideration of race and gender-based disparities in health care treatment decisions.
 

(A) As used in this section, "state board" means the state dental board, the board of nursing, the state board of pharmacy, the state medical board, the state board of psychology, or the counselor, social workers, and marriage and family therapist board.

(B) Not later than one hundred twenty days after the effective date of this section, each state board shall consider the problems of race and gender-based disparities in health care treatment decisions. When doing so, the boards shall consult with the commission on minority health and one or more professionally relevant and nationally recognized organizations or similar entities that review the curricula and experiential learning opportunities offered by the applicable health care professional schools, colleges, and other educational institutions.

(C) Each state board shall annually provide its licensees or certificate holders with a list of continuing education courses and experiential learning opportunities addressing cultural competency in health care treatment. If a state board determines that a sufficient number of courses or experiential learning opportunities does not exist, the board shall collaborate with the organizations or similar entities described in division (B) of this section to create such courses and opportunities.

Section 4743.10 | Freedom to decline for conscience-based objections.
 

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Health care service" means medical care provided to any patient at any time over the entire course of the patient's treatment and may include one or more of the following: testing; diagnosis; referral; dispensing or administering a drug, medication, or device; psychological therapy or counseling; research; prognosis; therapy; record making procedures and notes related to treatment; preparation for or performance of a surgery or procedure; or any other care or services performed or provided by any medical practitioner.

(2) "Medical practitioner" means any person who facilitates or participates in the provision of health care services, including nursing, physician services, counseling and social work, psychological and psychiatric services, research services, surgical services, laboratory services, and the provision of pharmaceuticals and may include any of the following: any student or faculty at a medical, nursing, mental health, or counseling institution of higher education or an allied health professional, paraprofessional, or employee or contractor of a health care institution.

(3) "Participation in a health care service" means to provide, perform, assist with, facilitate, refer for, counsel for, advise with regard to, admit for the purposes of providing, or take part in any way in providing, any health care service.

(B) Notwithstanding any conflicting provision of the Revised Code, a medical practitioner, health care institution, or health care payer has the freedom to decline to perform, participate in, or pay for any health care service which violates the practitioner's, institution's, or payer's conscience as informed by the moral, ethical, or religious beliefs or principles held by the practitioner, institution, or payer. Exercise of the right of conscience is limited to conscience-based objections to a particular health care service.

(C) Whenever a situation arises in which a requested course of treatment includes a particular health care service that conflicts with the moral, ethical, or religious beliefs or convictions of a medical practitioner, the medical practitioner shall be excused from participating in the particular health care service to which the practitioner has a conflict.

When a medical practitioner becomes aware of the conflict, the medical practitioner shall notify the practitioner's supervisor, if applicable, and request to be excused from participating in the particular health care service that conflicts with the practitioner's beliefs or convictions.

When possible and when the medical practitioner is willing, the medical practitioner shall seek to transfer the patient to a colleague who will provide the requested health care service.

If participation in a transfer of care for a particular health care service violates the medical practitioner's beliefs or convictions or no willing colleague is identified, the patient shall be notified and provided the opportunity to seek an alternate medical practitioner. Upon patient request, the patient's medical records shall be promptly released to the patient.

The medical practitioner is responsible for providing all appropriate health care services, other than the particular health care service that conflicts with the medical practitioner's beliefs or convictions, until another medical practitioner or facility is available.

(D) A medical practitioner, health care institution, or health care payer shall not be civilly, criminally, or administratively liable for exercising the practitioner's, institution's, or payer's right of conscience by declining to participate in or pay for a particular health care service.

A health care institution shall not be civilly, criminally, or administratively liable for the exercise of conscience rights not to participate in a particular health care service by a medical practitioner who is employed by, under contract with, or granted admitting privileges by the health care institution.

A medical practitioner, health care institution, or health care payer shall not be discriminated against or suffer any other adverse action as a result of declining to participate in or pay for a particular health care service on the basis of conscience.

(E) Unless specifically prohibited by law, a medical practitioner shall not be discriminated against or suffer any adverse action for disclosing any information that the medical practitioner reasonably believes evinces any violation of this section or any other law, rule, or regulation; any violation of any standard of care or other ethical guidelines for the provision of any health care service; or gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

(F) A civil action for damages, injunctive relief, or any other appropriate relief may be brought by any medical practitioner, health care institution, or health care payer for any violation of any provision of this section.

Upon a finding of a violation of the rights of conscience in this section, a court shall award threefold the actual damages sustained and reasonable costs and attorney's fees. A court considering such civil action may also award injunctive relief, which may include reinstatement of a medical practitioner to the practitioner's previous position, reinstatement of board certification, and relicensure of a health care institution or health care payer.

(G) This section shall not be construed to override the requirement to provide emergency medical treatment to all patients as set forth in 42 U.S.C. ยง 1395dd.

(H) With respect to the right of a health care payer to decline to pay for a health care service as established in division (B) of this section, the payer's right to decline applies only to payments and health care services for which a contract has been entered into between the payer and policyholder on or after the effective date of this section .

Last updated September 9, 2021 at 11:40 AM