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  S.B. No. 949
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to licensing under the Medical Practice Act.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (a), Section 151.002, Occupations
  Code, is amended by adding Subdivision (6-a) to read as follows:
               (6-a)  "License holder" means a person holding a
  license, permit, or certificate issued under this subtitle.
         SECTION 2.  Section 155.051, Occupations Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (d) and (e) to read as follows:
         (d)  The time frame to pass each part of the examination does
  not apply to an applicant who:
               (1)  is licensed and in good standing as a physician in
  another state;
               (2)  has been licensed for at least five years;
               (3)  does not hold a medical license in the other state
  that has or has ever had any restrictions, disciplinary orders, or
  probation; and
               (4)  will practice in a medically underserved area or a
  health manpower shortage area, as those terms are defined by
  Section 157.052.
         (e)  The board may by rule establish a process to verify that
  a person, after meeting the requirements of Subsection (d),
  practices only in an area described by Subsection (d)(4).
         SECTION 3.  Section 155.0045, Occupations Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 949 passed the Senate on
  March 27, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0;
  May 24, 2013, Senate refused to concur in House amendments and
  requested appointment of Conference Committee; May 25, 2013, House
  granted request of the Senate; May 26, 2013, Senate adopted
  Conference Committee Report by the following vote:  Yeas 31,
  Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 949 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 145,
  Nays 3, two present not voting; May 25, 2013, House granted request
  of the Senate for appointment of Conference Committee;
  May 26, 2013, House adopted Conference Committee Report by the
  following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 2, two present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
             Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor