The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010||
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 110
Psychologists' Licensing & Practice
“Relating to the practice and licensing of psychologists.”
Posted: February 25, 2009
Bill Version: CSHB 110(HSS)
Status: Chapter 26 SLA 10 : 2010-06-01
I introduced House Bill 110 at the request of the Alaska Psychological Association.
The main purpose of this bill is to clarify statutory language regarding the licensing of psychologists. Under current law, AS 08.86.180(b) [see section 2] exempts from licensure employees of a "governmental unit, educational institution or private agency" who may practice some aspect of the psychology profession as a condition of employment. Both the Association and the Board of Psychologist and Psychological Examiners believe this is too broad of an exemption. HB 110 would restrict the exemption to school district personnel under appropriate supervision of on site activities and federal employees.
Other changes in the bill are removal of a time limit for licensure reexamination in Section 1 and the Section 3 expansion of the definition of the practice of psychology to include unpaid services.