Governmental Affairs - Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS)

Governmental Affairs

The Governmental Affairs Committee of MATS is focused on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the practice of Athletic Training in the State of Michigan. The committee chair is Matt Hambleton, MSA, ATC.  The Governmental Affairs Committee has the following Functions and Responsibilities:

1.   Chair attends Executive Board meetings in a non-voting capacity at the request of the President.

2.   Oversees and coordinates activities relative to legislation, political action, and regulatory activity within the State.

3.   Annually reviews and analyzes all State regulatory bills

4.   Provides direction and assistance to the members in the areas of legislation, political action, and regulatory activity.

5.   Works collaboratively with the Professional Education Committee to provide educational programming regarding legislation,

      political action, and regulatory activity for the members.

6.   Coordinates and develops projects for the members that will enhance areas of legislation, political action, and regulatory activity.

7.   Communicates, educates, and assists with State efforts to obtain support from other medical professions.

8.   Serves as a member of the GLATA GAC.

9.   Assists the president with all financial considerations of the legislative process and grant applications by the State in coordination

      with the Finance Committee and Executive Board.

10. Coordinator attends Executive Board meetings in a non-voting capacity 

11. Submits an annual budget request per Finance Committee specified time lines.

12. Provides a written report for presentation to the Executive Board at all scheduled meetings.

13. Annually signs and submits the MATS Disclosure Statement, to be kept on file by the President.

14. Provides additional duties as assigned by the President. 

 

NOTICE

On November 27th 2018, Senate Bill 1204 was introduced by Senator Stamas in Lansing. This Bill proposes amending sections 17905 and 17906 of the Public Health Code specific to Athletic Training Licensure. This is in direct response to the first aid requirement that currently resides in the law. The proposed change would remove specific continuing education requirement language from the law, granting the Athletic Training Licensing Board the ability to define those requirements in the administrative rules. This amendment aligns our language with other health care professionals in Michigan and grants the AT Board the ability to determine the specifics of how many continuing education units will be required and how licensed Athletic Trainers are able to fulfil those requirements.

We [MATS] felt this was an important move to make given the recent change in clarification on the first aid requirement from the licensing department.

Please understand that with legislative matters, especially given the move into a lame duck session, the [MATS] Executive Board understood fully that SB 1204 would not have movement this session. However, introduction now places us in line to be reintroduced early in the session next year giving us a greater opportunity to have this passed into law in 2019. We [MATS] are working closely with our lobbyist on this matter and will keep the MATS membership updated on any and all progress.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out directly at mats.pres@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Gretchen Goodman MA, AT, ATC

President, Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS)

SB 1204: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(05l1hy2gehwsx50oexzvg5lt))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=2018-SB-1204

 

EVENTS

On Tuesday March 6, 2018 MATS sent two representatives to Capitol Hill Day to support the NATA and the following bills:

HR 302 / S 808: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017

Introduced in the House by Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02) on January 6, 2017.

Introduced in the Senate by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on April 4, 2017.

Summary: This bill extends the liability insurance coverage of a state-licensed medical professional to another state when the professional provides medical services to an athlete, athletic team, or team staff member pursuant to a written agreement. Prior to providing such services, the medical professional must disclose to the insurer the nature and extent of the services. This extension of coverage does not apply at a health care facility or while a medical professional licensed in the state is transporting the injured individual to a health care facility.

NATA: The bill clarifies medical liability rules for athletic trainers and other medical professionals to ensure they’re properly covered by their liability insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state. Under the bill, health care services provided by a covered athletic trainer or other sports medicine professional to an athlete, athletic team or a staff member in another state will be deemed to have satisfied any licensure requirements of the secondary state. In addition, the providers will be able to treat injured athletes across state lines without the fear of incurring great professional loss.

Status: Signed by President Trump and became Public Law 115-254 on October 5, 2018.

The bill will now go to the President for signature.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/302

https://www.nata.org/advocacy/federal/bills-we-support/sports-medicine-licensure-clarity-act

 

S. 482 (H.R.1267) — 115th Congress: Personal Health Investment Today Act or the PHIT Act of 2017                                         

Introduced by Jason Smith (R-MO) on March 1, 2017.

Summary: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a medical care tax deduction for up to $1,000 ($2,000 for a joint return or a head of household) of qualified sports and fitness expenses per year. The bill defines "qualified sports and fitness expenses" as amounts paid exclusively for the sole purpose of participating in a physical activity, including: (1) fitness facility memberships, (2) physical exercise or activity programs, and (3) equipment for a physical exercise or activity program.

NATA: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat certain amounts paid for physical activity, fitness, and exercise as amounts paid for medical care.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1267

 

H.R.5138 — 115th Congress: Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act of 2018                                                                           

Introduced by Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) on March 1, 2018.

Summary: A summary is in progress.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5138

 

H.R.3580 — 115th Congress: Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions Act of 2017                                                         

Introduced by Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) on July 28, 2017.

NATA Summary: A bill to promote State requirements for local educational agencies and public elementary and secondary schools relating to the prevention and treatment of concussions suffered by students.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3580?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+3580%22%5D%7D&r=1

 

NATA Capitol Hill Day 2018: https://www.nata.org/advocacy/federal/capitol-hill-day

 

 

MICHIGAN CURRENT LEGISLATIVE ISSUES POTENTIALLY AFFECTING ATHLETIC TRAINERS (2017 - 2018 Session)

House Resolution No. 274: Introduced by Webber, Brinks, Chirkun, Clemente, Cochran, Cox, Crawford, Ellison, Faris, Green, Greig, Howrylak, Kelly, Liberati, Marino, Maturen, Phelps, Sabo, Sneller and Yanez

 

A resolution to declare March 2018 as Athletic Trainer Month in the state of Michigan. Introduced and adopted on March 14, 2018.

Whereas, Athletic trainers have a long history of providing quality health care for

many types of patients and have acquired specific knowledge and skills acquired through their nationally regulated educational processes; and

Whereas, Athletic trainers provide for the treatment of an injury or illness through risk management and injury prevention, wellness promotion, clinical evaluation and assessment, immediate and emergency care, and through rehabilitation and reconditioning; and

Whereas, The National Athletic Trainers Association represents and supports 43,000 members of the athletic training profession, nearly 1,500 licensed in the state of Michigan, employed in professional and Olympic sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics, rural and urban hospitals, urgent and ambulatory care centers, corporate and industrial settings, performing arts centers, military branches, police and fire departments and physician practices; and

Whereas, Leading organizations concerned with athletic training and health care have joined together in a common desire to raise public awareness of the importance of the athletic training profession and to emphasize the importance of quality health care within the aforementioned settings. Such an effort will promote the athletic training profession and provide compassionate health care for all; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representative, That the members of this legislative body declare March 2018 as Athletic Trainer Month in the state of Michigan.

http://legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/resolutionadopted/House/pdf/2018-HAR-0274.pdf

 

House Resolution No. 299: Howrylak, Allor, Canfield, Chang, Clemente, Cochran, Cox, Crawford, Elder, Ellison, Faris, Garrett, Gay-Dagnogo, Geiss, Greig, Hertel, Jones, Kahle, Lasinski, Lauwers, Liberati, Love, Maturen, Sabo, Singh, Sneller, Theis, Webber, Whiteford, Wittenberg, Yaroch and Zemke

A resolution to declare April 2018 as Michigan Student Athlete Cardiac Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. Introduced and adopted on April 11, 2018.

Whereas, The families of Kimberly Anne Gillary, Kayla Stanford, Thomas Noah Smith, and Wes Leonard have established Foundations (the "Foundations") in the memory of their lost sons and daughters to try to prevent other families from losing their sons and daughters to sudden cardiac arrest at school; and

Whereas, The Foundations have donated more than 935 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to high schools and intermediate schools in the state of Michigan and have provided training to teachers and staff on the use of an AED and in CPR; and

Whereas, Approximately 75% of all Michigan high schools now have at least one AED on site due to the efforts of the Foundations founded by the families; and

Whereas, There have been at least 14 lives saved at Michigan high schools as a result of AEDs donated by the Foundations and other concerned organizations including 12 students; and

Whereas, As a result of the efforts of the Foundations, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), there is an increased awareness of the importance of more effective pre-participation screening of our high school student athletes and of having readily available AEDs in our high schools; and

Whereas, The Foundations have worked with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop the Michigan HeartSafe School Program and to encourage Michigan high schools to receive certification as a Michigan HeartSafe School. To date there are at least 265 K-12 schools in Michigan that have received the MI HeartSafe School designation; and

Whereas, The Michigan Legislature has passed legislation to amend MCL 29.19 to require the governing body of any school in Michigan for grades kindergarten to 12 to adopt and implement a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan for the school; and

Whereas, Governor Snyder signed legislation to amend MCL 29.19 on February 25, 2014, thereby establishing that it is the public policy of Michigan that schools be adequately prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency on school property; and

Whereas, Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed Senate Bill No. 647 into law on December 28, 2016. It is now Public Act 388 of 2016 and requires all students in grades 7-12 to receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before graduation; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 2018 as Michigan Student Athlete Cardiac Awareness Month in the state of Michigan; and be it further

Resolved, That the people of the state of Michigan are encouraged to become more aware of the importance of improved pre-participation screening of our student athletes and the preparedness of our citizenry and public employees to respond to the sudden cardiac arrest of our sons and daughters while entrusted to our public schools in the course of their education; and be it further

Resolved, That the State Board of Education be urged to include provisions in policies and regulations for AED training in student health education courses and for regular AED drills, so that students and staff will be better prepared to use AEDs to save lives in schools and other public places; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to The Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation, The KAYLA Foundation, The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, The Wes Leonard Heart Team, the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the State Board of Education as a symbol of our support.

http://legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/resolutionadopted/House/pdf/2018-HAR-0299.pdf

 

PUBLIC ACTS

PA 235 of 2018: Introduced by Bronna Kahle on October 19, 2017.

Summary: The Public Act -

  • Requires the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop or adopt a career development model program of instruction, in consultation with the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED).
  • Allows trade schools and skilled trade employers expanded recruitment access.
  • Allows noncertificated, nonendorsed individuals to teach career and technical education (CTE) programs and industrial technology education programs, as long as they meet other specified requirements.
  • Requires promulgation of rules allowing time spent engaging with local employers or technical centers to count toward continuing education or professional development.

Status: Approved by Governor. Signed into law as Public Act 235 of 2018 on August 15, 2018.                   

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(lo0ka4uz1louxh2esg52mvxl))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2017-HB-5141

 

PA 137 of 2017: Introduced by Senator John Bizon on April 26, 2017.

Summary: The bill would require the department to review the concussion awareness training program and make recommendations regarding the frequency and any changes to the program that are developed or approved by the department.

Status:  Approved by Governor. Signed into law as Public Act 137 of 2017 on October 26, 2017.                           

http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(plm5dmt2gcwpj2cp1myh0hgv))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2017-SB-0352

 

 

House Bills Introduced and Passed

HB 4020: Introduced in the House by Representative Pam Faris on January 12, 2017. 

Summary: The bill would require an individual who is paid to or volunteers to conduct or assists in conducting K-12 interscholastic athletic activities or youth recreational athletic activities. This includes, but is not limited to, a coach, an assistant coach, a [athletic] trainer, an equipment manager, a facility manager, a sports official or referee, and support staff. An individual required to report under this subdivision shall be trained to recognize child abuse or child neglect in the same manner that a teacher or other individual is trained as required by the school or entity sponsoring or hosting the K-12 interscholastic activity or recreational athletic activity, if that training is required or provided by the School or entity.

Status: Introduced in the House on January 12, 2017. See also HB 5538 and SB 873.

http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(4v2kbbxy1vvwzc2qjqf4oksn))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2017-HB-4020

 

HB 4269: Introduced by Representative Jewell Jones on February 23, 2017.

Summary:  The bill would require that an ambulance, along with appropriate emergency medical services personnel, is present at any interscholastic athletic event sponsored by a school district involving football or another sport or activity that the district considers to be high contact or otherwise reasonably likely to result in serious injury.

Status: Introduced in the House on February 23, 2017. A similar bill (HB 4939 of 2015) did not pass during the last legislative session.

http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(2kinbr4ktc2qhniqdry2nq1o))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=2017-HB-4269&query=on

 

HB 5537: Introduced in the House by Representative Klint Kesto on February 8, 2018. 

Summary: The bill would amend the Michigan Penal Code to prohibit a person from intentionally using his or her professional position of authority over another person to prevent or attempt to prevent that person from reporting child abuse, criminal sexual conduct (CSC) in the first, second, third, or fourth degree, or assault with intent to commit second-degree CSC or CSC involving sexual penetration, committed or attempted by another person.
 
The prohibition would be included in a provision that prohibits the following:
-- Preventing another person, through the unlawful use of physical force, from reporting a crime committed by another person.           

-- Withholding or refusing to produce any testimony, information, document, or thing after the court has ordered it to be produced.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

-- Retaliating against another person for having reported a crime committed or attempted by another person.

Status: The bill passed the House on May 24, 2018 with 107 Yeas and 2 Nays.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(dcvipcjv1iog1nxm3ajzi3mk))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-HB-5537

 

HB 5538: Introduced in the House by Representative Brandt Iden on February 8, 2018. 

Summary: Children; protection; mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse or child neglect; expand to include K-12 or post secondary coaches, athletic trainers, and volunteers. 

Status: Introduced in the House on February 8, 2018. See also HB 4020 and SB 873.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ozxsbzekd4v3pfmhuzcxhyfy))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=2018-HB-5538&query=on

 

HB 5658:  Introduced by Representative Laura Cox on February 27, 2018.

Summary: The bill  would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to allow certain evidence to be admissible in criminal actions involving domestic violence or sexual assault.
 
Currently, in a criminal action in which the defendant is accused of an offense involving domestic violence, relevant evidence of the defendant’s commission of other acts of domestic violence is admissible in court.1 However, any evidence of an act occurring more than 10 years before the charged offense is inadmissible, unless the court determines that admitting the evidence is in the interest of justice.
 
Where relevant evidence is already admissible in domestic violence criminal actions, the bill would add that, for sexual assault criminal actions, evidence of the defendant’s commission of other acts of sexual assault is also admissible. Sexual assault would mean a listed offense as defined by the Sex Offenders Registration Act as a tier I, II, or III offense under that act (MCL 28.722).
 
The bill also would amend the exception for inadmissible evidence. Evidence of an act occurring more than 10 years before the charged offense would still be inadmissible, except that, in addition to admitting the evidence in the interest of justice, a court also could admit the evidence if the act was a sexual assault that was reported to law enforcement within 5 years of the date of the sexual assault, if the act was a sexual assault for which a sexual assault kit was collected, or if the act was a sexual assault and the testing of evidence connected to the assault resulted in a DNA identification profile that is associated with the defendant.

Status: The bill passed the Senate on December 4, 2018 with 36 Yeas and 0 Nays. Presented to the Governor on December 7, 2018.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(dcvipcjv1iog1nxm3ajzi3mk))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-HB-5658

 

HB 5659: Introduced by Representative Beth Griffin on February 27, 2018.

Summary: The bill would add individuals employed in a professional capacity at a postsecondary educational institution, as well as individuals who are paid to, or who volunteer to, conduct or assist in conducting K-12 or postsecondary interscholastic athletic activities or youth recreational athletic activities, which would include a coach, assistant coach, or athletic trainer, to the list of those who are required to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Amended as passed by the House to include physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and athletic trainers. Coaches and assistant coaches were removed from the bill.

Status: The bill passed the House on May 24, 2018 with 109 Yeas and 0 Nays.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(idvlwnxef4sss3k1b5onyn4k))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=2018-HB-5659

 

HB 5660:  Introduced by Representative Leslie Love on February 27, 2018.

Summary: The bill  would amend Section 145c of the Michigan Penal Code to create enhanced penalties for aggravated possession, distribution, or production of child sexually abusive materials or child sexually abusive activity. To constitute the aggravated offense, the materials or activity would have to involve any of the following: 

-- A prepubescent child. 

--  Sadomasochistic abuse or bestiality.  

-- Include a video or more than 100 images.

Status: The bill passed the Senate on December 4, 2018 with 35 Yeas and 0 Nays. Presented to the Governor on December 7, 2018.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(dcvipcjv1iog1nxm3ajzi3mk))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-HB-5660

 

HB 5783: Introduced in the House by Representative Mary Whiteford on April 12, 2018. 

Summary: The bill expands the exemptions to the extended retention requirements to include emergency medical services; services to measure the patient’s temperature or administer a drug; and primarily relates to the patient’s urological, gastrointestinal, reproductive, gynecological, or sexual health. The bill expands the relevant professions covered by the guidance materials to include chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. The bill would:

-Require performance of a medical service involving vaginal or anal penetration to be included in a patient’s medical records, including records maintained by health facilities or agencies; 

-Require such records to be maintained for at least 15 years;

-Establish criminal penalties for noncompliance regarding the required documentation of records; and

-Require both physician medical boards to develop a document providing guidance on generally accepted standards of medical practice for medical services involving vaginal or anal penetration that are provided by physicians who are not board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists and require the document to be publicly available.

Status: The bill passed the House on May 24, 2018 with 108 Yeas and 1 Nay.

http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(hx34mlbzxw11xqzh5usvupdm))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-HB-5783

 

HB 5787: Introduced by Representative Klint Kesto on April 12, 2018.

Summary: The bill would revise Section 90 of the Michigan Penal Code, which currently prohibits sexual intercourse with a female under the pretext of medical treatment. The current language would be replaced by a provision that is gender-neutral, encompasses sexual contact as well as sexual penetration. The bill would prohibit a person who is undertaking medical treatment of a patient from engaging in sexual contact or sexual penetration with the patient by means of misrepresenting that contact or penetration as necessary or beneficial to the patient’s health. The bill would establish felony penalties for a violation of the prohibition.

Status: The bill passed the House on May 24, 2018 with 108 Yeas and 1 Nay.

http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(si3qnz3xzqxn3q4annor00in))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-HB-5787

 

HB 5788: Introduced by Representative Erika Geiss on April 12, 2018.

Summary: The bill would amend the sentencing guidelines portion of the Code of Criminal Procedure to specify that sexual contact under pretext of medical treatment would be a Class C felony against a person with a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. Sexual penetration under pretext of medical treatment would also be a Class B felony against a person but with a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 5787, meaning that HB 5788 could not take effect unless HB 5787 were also enacted into law.

Status: The bill passed the House on May 24, 2018 with 108 Yeas and 1 Nay.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(dcvipcjv1iog1nxm3ajzi3mk))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-HB-5788

 

HB 5793:  Introduced by Representative Lana Theis on April 12, 2018.

Summary: The bill would:

-Require written parental consent before procedures involving vaginal or anal penetration could be performed on a minor;

-Require such procedures to be within the scope of practice of the treating health care professional;  

-Provide exceptions to the bill’s requirements; 

-Establish criminal penalties for a violation of the bill; and 

-Require the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to create a standardized consent form for use by health care licensees and registrants.

Status:  The bill passed the House on May 24, 2018 with 108 Yeas and 1 Nay.

http://legislature.mi.gov/(S(hx34mlbzxw11xqzh5usvupdm))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-HB-5793

 

HB 5798:  Introduced by Representative Thomas Albert on April 12, 2018.

Summary: The bill would amend the Crime Victim's Right Act to allow additional individuals to make a victim impact statement if a victim were deceased, were mentally incapacitated, or consented to the designation of another individual. The bill allows the consent of the victim for other specified individuals to provide a victim impact statement at sentencing.

Status: The bill passed the House on May 24, 2018 with 109 Yeas and 0 Nays.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(dcvipcjv1iog1nxm3ajzi3mk))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-HB-5798

 

HB 6274:  Introduced by Representative Abdullah Hammoud on June 12, 2018.

Summary: The bill would require the Michigan department of education and department of health and human services to develop and allow schools to offer concussion baseline testing annually for student athletes.

Status: Introduced in the House on June 12, 2018.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(3qhfsmb1rfsej4sjukgiq3bj))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=2018-HB-6274&query=on

 

HB 6452:  Introduced by Representative Tim Greimel on October 17, 2018.

Summary: Requires safe sports training on sexual misconduct for K-12 coaches and athletic trainers.

Status: Introduced in the House on October 17, 2018.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(lwcd0e3gjc202yrpbvu5lk5h))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=2018-HB-6452

 

 

Senate Bills Introduced and Passed

SB 257: Introduced by Senator Ian Conyers on March 21, 2017.

Summary: The bill would create the "Athletes with an Intellectual Disability Empowerment Commission"

Part of the commission's responsibility includes:

-Promote and raise awareness of recreational opportunities and athletic competitions for athletes with an      intellectual disability.

-Educate the general public on the benefits of athletics for people with intellectual disabilities.

-Provide funding to identify and develop training programs for athletes with an intellectual disability.

-Connect athletes with an intellectual disability with medical and sports programs at public universities in this state.

-Investigate opportunities to attract events and championships for athletes with an intellectual disability to this state.

Status:  The bill passed the Senate on June 12, 2018 with 36 Yeas and 0 Nays.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ige1lnbo1kcv01c3kz1yi4on))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=2017-SB-0257

 

SB 873: Introduced by Senator Margaret O'Brien.

Summary: The bill would amend the Child Protection Law to extend reporting requirements to individuals employed in a professional capacity at a postsecondary educational institution and individuals who were paid or who volunteered to conduct K-12 or postsecondary interscholastic athletic activities or youth recreational athletic activities, including a coach, an assistant coach, or an athletic trainer. The Law requires individuals in various professions or occupations to report to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) if they have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or child neglect.

Status: Introduced in the Senate on February 27, 2018.

Passed the Senate on March 14, 2018 with 34 Yeas and 1 Nays.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(wvlzalru3m4n4ny0vcn4qtgb))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2018-SB-0873

 

SB 1204: Introduced by Senator Jim Stamas.

Summary: Modifies continuing education hours and certain licensing requirements in the Practice Act for athletic trainers.

Status: Introduced in the Senate on November 27, 2018.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(05l1hy2gehwsx50oexzvg5lt))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=2018-SB-1204

 

 

FEDERAL CURRENT LEGISLATIVE ISSUES POTENTIALLY AFFECTING ATHLETIC TRAINERS (2017 - 2018 Session)

S. 534: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017

PUBLIC LAW 115–126

Introduced by Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on March 6, 2017.

Summary: This bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, to certain adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes at a facility under the jurisdiction of a national governing body. A national governing body is an amateur sports organization that is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sex abuse is subject to criminal penalties.

Additionally, the bill amends the federal criminal code to revise civil remedy provisions for a victim of a human trafficking offense or federal sex offense. Among other things, it changes the civil statute of limitations to 10 years from the date the victim discovers the violation or injury (currently, 10 years from the date the cause of action arose). The bill also extends the statute of limitations for a minor victim of a federal sex offense to file a civil action to 10 years (currently, 3 years) from the date such individual reaches age 18.

Finally, the bill amends the Amateur Sports Act of 1978: (1) to authorize national governing bodies to develop training, practices, policies, and procedures to prevent the abuse of minor or amateur athletes; and (2) to require national governing bodies to develop and enforce policies, mechanisms, and procedures to prevent, report, and respond to the abuse of minor or amateur athletes.

Status: Passed into law. Assigned PUBLIC LAW 115–126.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/534?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s+534%22%5D%7D&r=1

 

HR 302 / S 808: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017

Introduced in the House by Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02) on January 6, 2017.

Introduced in the Senate by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on April 4, 2017.

Summary: This bill extends the liability insurance coverage of a state-licensed medical professional to another state when the professional provides medical services to an athlete, athletic team, or team staff member pursuant to a written agreement. Prior to providing such services, the medical professional must disclose to the insurer the nature and extent of the services. This extension of coverage does not apply at a health care facility or while a medical professional licensed in the state is transporting the injured individual to a health care facility.

Status: The House of Representatives approved language changes made by the Senate and passed the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act September 26, 2018. The Senate passed the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act October 3, 2018.

The bill will now go to the President for signature.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/302?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+302%22%5D%7D&r=1

 

MICHIGAN RECENT PUBLIC ACTS POTENTIALLY AFFECTING ATHLETIC TRAINERS (2015 - 2016 Session)

PRACTICE ACT PASSED - Public Act 166 of 2015 (HB 4263) Introduced by Andrea LaFontaine on October 6, 2015.

Summary: The bill amends the Public Health Code to decrease the yearly license fee for athletic trainers from $200 to $100, and change several continuing education requirements for renewing an athletic training license. Under the Act, an athletic trainer license is valid for a three-year cycle. To renew a license, an individual must pay a license renewal fee, clock at least 80 hours of continuing education within each three-year license cycle in subjects related to athletic training, and complete courses in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and foreign body obstruction of the airway. The bill decreases the continuing education requirement from at least 80 hours to 75 hours, and require that an individual complete a course in automated external defibrillator use for health care professionals or emergency services personnel. The bill would delete the requirement that licensees complete a course in foreign body obstruction of the airway.

Status: Passed into law. Assigned Public Act 166 of 2015 on October 28, 2015.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(e5c34aqd5kzlfpegmmaqhcr2))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2015-HB-4263

 

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