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  S.B. No. 202
  relating to provisional licensing of physicians to practice in
  underserved areas.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 155, Occupations Code, is
  amended by adding Section 155.101 to read as follows:
  AREAS.  (a)  On application, the board shall grant a provisional
  license to practice medicine in a location described by Subsection
  (e) to an applicant for a license under this subtitle who is
  licensed in good standing as a physician in another state.
         (b)  The board may not grant a provisional license under this
  section to an applicant who:
               (1)  has had a medical license suspended or revoked by
  another state or a Canadian province; or
               (2)  holds a medical license issued by another state or
  a Canadian province that is subject to a restriction, disciplinary
  order, or probationary order.
         (c)  The provisional license applicant must:
               (1)  have passed a national or other examination
  recognized by the board relating to the practice of medicine within
  the number of attempts allowed under Section 155.056;
               (2)  submit information to enable the board to conduct
  a criminal background check as required by the board; and
               (3)  be sponsored by a person licensed under this
  subtitle with whom the provisional license holder may practice
  under this section.
         (d)  The board may excuse an applicant for a provisional
  license from the requirement of Subsection (c)(3) if the board
  determines that compliance with that subsection constitutes a
  hardship to the applicant.
         (e)  A person who holds a provisional license issued under
  this section may only practice medicine in a location:
               (1)  designated by the federal government as a health
  professional shortage area; or
               (2)  designated by the federal or state government as a
  medically underserved area.
         (f)  A provisional license expires on the earlier of:
               (1)  the date the board issues the provisional license
  holder a license under this subtitle or denies the provisional
  license holder's application for a license; or
               (2)  the 270th day after the date the provisional
  license was issued.
         (g)  The board shall issue a license under this subtitle to
  the holder of a provisional license under this section if:
               (1)  the provisional license holder passes the
  examination required by Section 155.051; and
               (2)  the provisional license holder satisfies all other
  license requirements under this subtitle.
         SECTION 2.  Section 155.101, Occupations Code, as added by
  this Act, applies to an application for a provisional license
  submitted on or after January 1, 2010.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 202 passed the Senate on
  March 19, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 202 passed the House on
  May 25, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House