In September 2021 the AKSRT legislative affairs committee led by Donna Rusfsholm completed a revision of a house bill proposal for licensure after collaboration with state rep. Cathy Tilton (R-AK) and Heath Hilyard (senior legislative aid). The committee received great feedback from the legal department and our state Physicist regarding the language and content of the proposed bill. We will move forward with this proposal in our licensure efforts.
Donna Rushfolm is collaborating with Robert McClung to draft a modified licensure proposal for the new legislature for 2021. We are hopeful the changes made to both the proposal and the legislature will work in our favor.
CURRENT HOUSE BILL 2017
There is a new bill before the Alaska State House. Check out the proposed regulations we are working on!
MARCH 2015 REGULATIONS UPDATE:
The comment period ended, responses were prepared, comments were integrated into the regulations where ever possible and a “final” version went to the Commissioner June 12, 2014. The Commissioner signed the regulations and they were sent to Law for final review before being passed on to the governor. Almost there. However, the version received back from Law had significant changes from the version signed and adopted by the Commissioner. The package was returned to Law with the request that at least the Basic Operator provision (to accommodate rural and native concerns) be re-introduced in the form signed by the Commissioner. Then we had an election in the fall of 2014 in which the Commissioner was replaced, we have a new governor, and other political changes occurred. Following that request the entire situation has taken a major turn that now delays the implementation indefinitely, and perhaps permanently. Politics once again is curtailing all efforts to protect Alaskan’s from excessive exposure to radiation. During the period since the regulations were signed by the Commissioner last year there have been successful Bills passed for athletic trainers, massage therapists, and behavior analysts, which apparently are perceived to present a greater health risk to the citizens of Alaska than being irradiated by untrained operators. Meanwhile, significant aspects of medical imaging and radiation therapy remain unregulated in the Alaska.
FEBRUARY 2014 REGULATION UPDATES:
The deadline for submitting comments on the proposed regulations has ended. Comments received have been reviewed and a response attached and passed on for preparation in summary for posting in a public format. The proposed regulations document is in process of incorporating comments as we are able, in response to the many excellent comments received. Once these edits are completed the document will move to the next phase in the process. February 13, 2014.
NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
The Department of Health and Social Services(DHSS) proposes to adopt regulation changes dealing with radiation sources and protection, including changes that reflect current national standards and new technology. This includes the repeal of certain provisions dealing with the discharge and disposal of radioactive materials. The proposal adds regulations dealing with computed tomography x-ray systems, bone densitometry systems, radiation therapy, ultraviolet radiation (indoor tanning), magnetic resonance imaging, healing arts screening programs, operator qualifications, leakage radiation, and provisions dealing with informal review, evidentiary hearings, and fees. Other changes are described below.
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Notice of Proposed Regulations
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