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Publication of Proposed Licensure Regulations Believed Imminent
March 18, 2001

The Pennsylvania Alliance of Counseling Professionals (PACP) has learned that the long-awaited proposed licensure regulations may be published in the Saturday, March 24th issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The March 24th issue should appear online sometime during midmorning of Friday, March 23. Interested parties may want to check the online issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Friday morning to see if the expected publication date will have been met.

Publication of the proposed regulations in the Pennsylvania Bulletin will mark both the start of a 30-day public comment period and a formal process that includes review of the proposed regulations by the Independent Regulatory

Review Commission (IRRC), the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, the House Professional Licensure Committee, and the Pennsylvania State Attorney General.

These next steps in the process of adopting the proposed regulations are described in "How a Regulation is Adopted," an article by Joyce McKeever, Deputy Chief Counsel, PA Department of State. The article appears in the Fall, 1999 issue of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Newsletter, available online at the State Board's web site (www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/socwkbd/mainpage.htm) Follow the links to the newsletter archive to view the article. It is not until this review process is complete and the final form regulations are published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that the regulations have the force of law.

An analysis of the proposed regulations and suggestions for comments will be posted here as soon after publication of the proposed regulations as possible-probably between one and two weeks following the publication date. Watch here for further information on how and to whom to comment.

On July 28, 2000 PACP had prepared a summary of what were expected to be key provisions in the proposed regulations. That summary and other information about the history of the development of the proposed regulations can be viewed on our Licensure Regulations Background Information page. For more information about the licensure law, please visit the Pennsylvania Alliance of Counseling Professionals Licensure Law Information page.

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