SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT……IS IT OVER? by Kim Moore, President
Thank you to all of the people who were able to attend the BMBT Rules Public Hearing and verbally voice their thoughts and concerns about the proposed establishment and continuing education rules that will affect the way in which we do business. There were some very thoughtful comments that were captured by a court recorder and will be transcribed for the BMBT board member to read and consider.
ACTION PLAN & TIMELINE: Several of the AMTA board members, government relations, and lobbyist were in attendance hearing your comments firsthand. We will take all of the comments back to the AMTA Board and discuss what your collective concerns were and develop a plan with National AMTA government relations for the upcoming June 21st BMBT board meeting where the board will discuss and vote on which rules to carry forward. There will be collaboration with the ABMP government relations director, as well, to ensure that ALL therapists are represented. Also, we will continue to work with the BMBT board, board staff, and legal counsel.
NOW TO MAY 14, 2018: So what can you do during this phase? Write your letters discussing all of the proposed rules ( BMBT.org under the tab News & Announcements) until the close of the comment period at 5:00pm on May 14, 2018. There are two manners in which you can engage the board: 1) snail mail at BMBT Proposed Rules, PO Box 2539, Raleigh, NC 27602 or 2) email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
MAY 15 TO JUNE 21: BMBT Board will review all responses to the proposed rules and will discuss at the June 21st Board Meeting. The Board will vote on which rules to send to the Rules Review Commission.
JUNE 22 TO RRC ADOPTION: Once the BMBT votes on the rules to send to the Rules Review Commission, the RRC attorney will review the proposed rule and determine if it is written clearly, if the BMBT has statutory authority to impose, and the financial impact.
RRC HEARING: The RRC will post an agenda for discussion of a proposed rule. The AMTA government relations, board members, attorney, and/or lobbyist will be in attendance at the RRC hearing to monitor the discussion and actions.
RRC ADOPTION & ACTIONS: Once the RRC adopts a rule and there is still objection (10 persons) to a rule after the RRC adopts the rule, the constituents may write and sign an objection (snail mail, hand delivery, or fax) to the RRC requesting review of the rule by the legislature. These objections must be received by 5:00pm on the following day of the RRC adoption. (AMTA will post the address and fax number once the RRC agenda to review the rules has been established.)
CALL TO ACTION: Based on the timeline, it is apparent that the discussions are not over and your action is still required. Read all of the rules, decide what your comments or suggestions are, and write your letter. These rules may not affect you now in your current position, but they will definitely affect you or your colleagues in some manner in the future.
If at any time you would like to discuss this with your AMTA Board, please do so by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Government Relations