Senate Passes Gordner Bill to Update Speech-Language and Hearing Act

For Immediate Release
6/19/13

(HARRISBURG) – – The Senate today passed legislation authored by Senator John R. Gordner that will provide important updates to the 30 year old law that governs the practice of Speech-Language and Hearing treatment in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 137 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“The legislation advances consumer protection and patient results by ensuring that audiologists are properly credentialed and licensed, changes in education and scope of practice are implemented and national standards are maintained in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Gordner.

Senate Bill 137 is the result of several years of discussion with the profession, state regulators and consumer groups. The legislation also reforms the State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language and Hearing, resulting in savings to the Commonwealth.

Bloomsburg University is one of three institutions of higher education that offers a Doctorate in Audiology program. The others are the University of Pittsburgh and Salus University in Elkins Park.

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