VanderWall bill on trainers' licenses approved by legislature



LANSING — The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Curt VanderWall that would allow the state to be more responsive to changes in the athletic trainers industry regarding licensing and certification.

Senate Bill 184 would modify continuing education hours and certain licensing requirements for athletic trainers, according to a news release issued Jan. 15.

“Under current law, legislation is required to update any license or license renewal requirements for athletic trainers in the state,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “SB 184 will allow the Board of Athletic Trainers to work with LARA to promulgate rules regarding these requirements. This will streamline the process.”

VanderWall said the legislation will provide needed flexibility while still ensuring legislative input as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) works with the Board of Athletic Trainers.

“Numerous other professions, such as physical therapists and physical therapists assistants, already use this practice,” VanderWall said. “This change in process does not take away the Legislature’s involvement; all rule changes will still be reviewed by the legislative Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.”

SB 184 has been sent to the governor to be signed into law.