STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1544

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 341

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Intrastate Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 341, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATED TO THE PRACTICE OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Make an exemption from the behavior analyst licensing requirements permanent for certain teachers working in direct collaboration with a licensed behavior analyst or licensed psychologist;

 

(2) Exempt licensed special education teachers and individuals in approved and accredited special education training programs who are working toward licensure as special education teachers whose scope of practice and training includes applied behavior analysis; and

 

(3) Remove the exemption from licensure for a direct support worker.


The Department of Education and Special Education Advisory Council supported this measure. Hawaii State Teachers Association opposed this measure. The University of Hawaii System, Hawaii Psychological Association, Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis, and a few concerned individuals offered comments on this measure.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Exempting licensed general or special education teachers and individuals, who implement but do not design or monitor applied behavior analysis plans in direct collaboration with a licensed behavior analyst or licensed psychologist, from behavior analyst licensing requirements;

 

(2) Continuing to exempt direct support workers, who directly implement an applied behavior analysis program under the supervision of a licensed behavior analyst or licensed psychologist, from behavior analyst licensing requirements; and

 

(3) Deleting the proposed exemption for licensed special education teachers and individuals in approved and accredited special education training programs who are working toward licensure as special education teachers whose scope of practice and training includes applied behavior analysis.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Intrastate Commerce that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 341, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 341, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Intrastate Commerce,

 

 

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TAKASHI OHNO, Chair

 

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JUSTIN H. WOODSON, Chair