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    The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2531--A Bill to amend and reenact §30-32-1, §30-32-2, §30-32-3, §30-32-4, §30-32-5, §30-32-6, §30-32-7, §30-32-8, §30-32-9, §30-32-10, §30-32-11, §30-32-12, §30-32-13, §30-32-14, §30-32-15, §30-32-16, §30-32-17, §30-32-18, §30-32-19, §30-32-20 and §30-32-21 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto two new sections, designated §30-32-22 and §30-32-23, all relating to the Board of Examiners of Speech-language Pathology and Audiology; setting forth unlawful acts; providing exemptions; specifying applicability of other law; providing definitions; continuing the Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; specifying qualifications of board members; providing terms and conditions of board members’ service; providing for election of board officers; providing for compensation and expense reimbursement of board members; setting forth powers and duties of the board; providing rule-making authority; continuing the board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Fund; providing qualifications for practicing speech-language pathology or audiology; providing for provisional licenses to practice while attaining required postgraduate professional experience; providing for waiver of requirements for persons who hold a license from another state with substantially equivalent standards; providing for practice pending disposition of application; providing scopes of practice for speech-language pathology and audiology; requiring speech-language pathology assistants and audiology assistants to register with the board; providing registration and supervision requirements for speech-language pathology assistants and audiology assistants; authorizing telepractice; providing conditions and requirements for telepractice; providing for renewal of licenses and registrations; providing for renewal of lapsed licenses and registrations; providing for the suspension, revocation and refusal to renew licenses and registrations; providing for the reinstatement of revoked licenses and registrations; authorizing actions to enjoin violations; providing for the investigation of complaints; setting forth complaint procedures and hearing procedures; establishing grounds for disciplinary actions; providing for rights of appeal and judicial review; providing that a single act is sufficient to justify disciplinary action; providing for criminal proceedings; providing for criminal penalties; and requiring the Legislative Auditor to present a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization on the requirements for Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Assistants to practice in public schools.