Committee: HealthSponsor: Moore (P)
Analyst: Bryan YoungDate: 03/08/2021


House Bill 247 as introduced would allow the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy to join the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact to provide uniformity in certain licensing requirements and practices among compact states.

Participation in the Compact would increase the administrative and financial obligations of the Board by an undetermined amount to: 1) investigate complaints and take action against compact physical therapists; 2) submit an FBI background check of all Alabama applicants; 3) submit uniform data sets to a coordinated database and reporting system on all licensees; 4) impose administrative penalties for designated violations; and 5) pay an annual assessment to cover the costs of its operation, activities, staff and annual budget as authorized in the compact. The Board's increased obligations could be offset, wholly or in part, by an undetermined amount, from the Board's ability to assess administrative penalties and impose compact privilege licensing fees upon licensees from other compact sites.

 Paul W. Lee, Chair