April 25, 2012
With the help of SNM’s Technologist Advocacy Group (TAG Team), Kentucky House Bill 137 was recently signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear. HB 137 was a proposal to establish an independent licensure board for radiography, nuclear medicine technology, and radiation therapy. It follows the change to the administrative regulations in 2007 to include NMTs and RTTs in the certification requirements. Radiographers had been certified in Kentucky since the 1970s. Prior to this legislation, certificates (licenses) came from an administrative office under the Radiation Control Branch. The new board would be set up with a group of RADs, NMTs and RTTs appointed by the Governor to oversee medical imaging in the state.
With the help of SNM’s Kentucky TAG member, Charles Coulston, House Bill 137 was passed out of the legislature on March 30 and brought to the Governor’s desk. Meetings are planned for the coming weeks to discuss possible nominations to the board.
Center seated: Governor Steve Beshear, Commonwealth of Kentucky