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HB 131 Clears Senate Vote; Moving on to Governor Next!

Monday, December 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Did You Hear? HB 131 Clears Last Hurdle with Senate Vote 31-0; Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Ohio Senate voted unanimously (31-0) yesterday in favor of OPTA’s diagnosis legislation, HB 131. This was the final step in the long process to enact the legislation which clarifies that PTs diagnose as a component of the evaluation process to determine how to treat the patient and to ensure that a patient’s condition is within the scope of physical therapy and, if not, to refer the patient to another health care provider. The legislation modernizes the PT Practice Act to reflect current practice and aligns the profession with other healthcare professionals that are currently able to make a diagnosis of a patient’s condition.


You can view the video link from yesterday’s Senate floor vote here. Go to Markers > 3:26:51 > Third Consideration HB 131.


OPTA would like to thank everyone who worked diligently to move this legislation forward, including our bill sponsors Representative Reineke and Gavarone, and Senators Burke and Gardner. Please take the time to give them a shout out on social media for their efforts on behalf of OPTA and the physical therapy profession. Contact information included below.


· Rep. Bill Reineke (R-88) | @BillReineke

· Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-3) | @theresagavarone

· Sen. Dave Burke (R-46) | @BurkeForOhio

· Sen. Randy Gardner (R-2)

· Ohio House of Representatives Republican Caucus | @OHRGOPCaucus

· Ohio Senate Republican Caucus | @OhioSenateGOP


The legislation currently awaits the Governor’s signature, and OPTA will keep members informed. HB 131 will become effective 90 days after signature.


OPTA will hold a celebration for members at Advocacy Day 2019, set for Thursday, April 4 in Columbus. Plan to attend as we look forward to continuing our work to advance the profession in a collaborative effort with other healthcare providers!

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