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          Date of Hearing:  April 14, 2015


                                Susan Bonilla, Chair

          AB 684  
          (Bonilla) - As Introduced February 25, 2015

          SUBJECT:  Pharmacy.

          SUMMARY:  Requires the California State Board of Pharmacy to  
          report the pass rates of its applicant examination to the  
          appropriate policy committee and makes other nonsubstantive  

          EXISTING LAW

          1)Provides for the licensure and regulation of pharmacies and  
            pharmacists by the Board of Pharmacy (Board) within the  
            Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). (Business and  
            Professions Code (BPC)  4000-4426)

          2)Authorizes the Board to license as a pharmacist an applicant  
            who meets specified requirements, including passage of the  
            North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination. (BPC   

          3)Requires the examination process to meet specified standards  
            and federal guidelines and requires the Board to terminate use  


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            of that examination if the department determines that the  
            examination fails to meet those standards. (BPC  4200.3)

          4)Requires the Board to report to the Joint Committee on Boards,  
            Commissions, and Consumer Protection, and the DCA, specified  
            examination pass rate information. (BPC  4200.3)

          THIS BILL

          1)Requires the Board to report specified examination pass rate  
            information to the appropriate policy committees of the  
            Legislature and the DCA instead of the now obsolete Joint  
            Committee on Boards, Commissions, and Consumer Protection. 

          2)Makes the subdivision inoperative on January 1, 2020, pursuant  
            to  10231.5 of the Government Code.

          3)Makes other nonsubstantive corrections.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown.  This bill is keyed fiscal by the  
          Legislative Counsel.


          1)Purpose. This bill is sponsored by the author.  According to  
            the author, the code section is out of date.  This bill will  
            update the code to conform to the most current composition of  
            the Committees that oversee the Board.  It will also perform  
            other code clean-up. 


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          2)Background. In 1994, the Joint Legislative Sunset Review  
            Committee was established to review the DCA boards and  
            bureaus.  In 2004, the committee's name was changed to the  
            Joint Committee on Boards, Commissions & Consumer Protection.   
            In 2005, the committee disbanded.

            The current committees that oversee the boards are the  
            Assembly Committee on Business & Professions and the Senate  
            Committee on Business, Professions & Economic Development.



          None on file.


          None on file.

          Analysis Prepared by:Vincent Chee / B. & P. / (916) 319-3301


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