1999 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Dearing
Senate Bill 2248
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 73-38-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO EXEMPT THE PRACTICE OF PROVIDING CERTAIN SPEECH AND AUDIOLOGY SERVICES TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS FROM CERTAIN PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE REGULATIONS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 73-38-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
73-38-7. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as preventing or restricting:
(a) A physician from engaging in the practice of medicine in this state, or a person using an audiometer to test hearing under the direct supervision of a licensed physician, provided such person does not present himself to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the words "audiologist," "hearing clinician," "hearing therapist," or any similar title or description of services;
(b) Any person licensed as a hearing aid dispenser from measuring and testing hearing in relation to the fitting, usage and dispensing of hearing aids or rendering post fitting services to his clients or using any title provided in Sections 73-14-1 through 73-14-47;
(c) Any person licensed in this state by any other law from engaging in the profession or occupation for which he is licensed;
(d) A person from being employed or working in a volunteer capacity without a license, as provided in this chapter, as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist by the government of the United States or by the governing authority of any school district or private or parochial school in this state, if such person performs speech-language pathology or audiology services solely within the confines or under the jurisdiction of the organization by which he is employed, or working in a volunteer capacity; however, such person may, without obtaining a license under this chapter, consult with or disseminate his research findings and other scientific information to speech-language pathologists and audiologists outside the jurisdiction of the organization by which he is employed; such person may also offer lectures to the public for a fee, monetary or other, without being licensed under this chapter; such person may additionally elect to be subject to this chapter.
The practice of providing speech-language or audiology services to school districts shall be exempt from regulations promulgated by the board under this chapter. This exemption applies to such practice by licensed or exempt persons.
(e) The activities and services of persons pursuing a course of study leading to a degree in speech-language pathology at a college or university if such activities and services constitute a part of the supervised course of study and that such person is designated speech-language pathology intern, speech-language pathology trainee, or by other such titles clearly indicating the training status appropriate to his level of training;
(f) The activities and services of a person pursuing a course of study leading to a degree in audiology at a college or university if such activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study and such person is designated audiology intern, audiology trainee, or by any other such titles clearly indicating the training status appropriate to his level of training; or
(g) The performance of speech-language pathology or audiology services in this state by any person not a resident of this state who is not licensed under this chapter if such services are performed for no more than five (5) days in any calendar year and in cooperation with a speech-language pathologist or audiologist licensed under this chapter, and if such person meets the qualifications and requirements for application for licensure described in subsections (a) through (c) of Section 73-38-9; however, a person not a resident of this state who is not licensed under this chapter, but who is licensed under the law of another state which has established licensure requirements at least equivalent to those established by Section 73-38-9, or who is the holder of the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology or its equivalent, may offer speech-language pathology or audiology services in this state for no more than thirty (30) days in any calendar year if such services are performed in cooperation with a speech-language pathologist or audiologist licensed under this chapter; or
(h) Any person employed by a private industry or firm for the purpose of conducting hearing tests incident to the operations of such firm or industry relative to its employees and employment practices.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.