Texas Senate Bill 202, related to the transfer of certain occupational regulatory programs, including radiologic technology, passed the Texas Legislature on June 1 and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Greg Abbott. The bill will automatically become law if the governor doesn’t sign the legislation by June 21.
SB 202 shifts the administration of the state’s radiologic technologist licensure program from the Department of State Health Services to the Texas Medical Board. In addition, the bill creates the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology. The TBMRT will serve as an advisory board to the TMB. The TBMRT will develop the rules and regulations for the licensure program with the TMB giving final approval.
The bill is the result of the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists’ grass-roots legislative campaign to preserve R.T. licensure in the state. In June 2014, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended eliminating licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and a number of other health care professions. After the TSRT’s successful education campaign, the commission rejected the recommendation and voted to move the radiologic technologist licensure program to the TMB. In addition, the commission recommended moving licensure programs for medical physicists, perfusionists and respiratory care therapists to the TMB.
The TSRT, an ASRT Affiliate Advocacy Program participant, collaborated with ASRT on the legislative campaign.