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NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF EMERGENCY REGULATION ON LICENSE RENEWAL EXTENSION IN THE REGULATIONS OF THE ALASKA BOARD OF NURSING

Brief Description: The Board of Nursing proposes to make permanent regulation changes made by emergency regulation regarding license renewal date extension for registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses.

On November 4, 2020, the Board of Nursing (Board) adopted, as an emergency regulation, changes in 12 AAC 44.315 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with biennial license renewal date extension for registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses, including the following:

12 AAC 44.315. License renewal, is proposed to be amended as follows:
“….. A registered nurse license and advanced practice registered nurse license must be renewed biennially on or before a date set by the department. The “November 30 of even-numbered years” was removed to allow healthcare worker availability during this public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency regulation took effect on November 12, 2020, and will expire March 11, 2021 unless made permanent. The Board intends to make the emergency regulation permanent.

You may comment on the regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the changes, by submitting written comments to Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK  99811-0806. Additionally, the Board will accept comments by facsimile at (907) 465-2974 and by electronic mail at RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov. Comments may also be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System by accessing this notice on the system at http://notice.alaska.gov/200115, and using the comment link. The comments must be received not later than 4:30 p.m. on December 18, 2020. Comments received after this deadline will not be considered by the Board.

You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK  99811-0806 or by e-mail at RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov. The questions must be received at least 10 days before the end of the public comment period. The Board will aggregate its response to substantially similar questions and make the questions and responses available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and on the Board’s website at https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing.aspx. The Board may, but is not required to, answer written questions received after the 10-day cut-off date and before the end of the comment period.

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Jun Maiquis at (907) 465-2537 or RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov not later than December 11, 2020 to ensure that any necessary accommodation can be provided.

A copy of the emergency regulation is available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and by contacting Jun Maiquis at (907) 465-2537 or RegulationsAndPublicComment@alaska.gov, or go to https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/NUR-REN-EmergencyReg-1120.pdf.

The language of the permanent regulation may be different from that of the original emergency regulation and may include other provisions dealing with the same subject. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected. Written comments and questions received are public records and are subject to public inspection.

Statutory Authority: AS 08.68.100; AS 08.68.251; AS 08.68.276
Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific: AS 08.68.100; AS 08.68.251; AS 08.68.276

Fiscal Information: The regulations are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

DATE: 11/12/2020
Jun Maiquis, Regulations Specialist
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

For each occupation regulated under the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, the Division keeps a list of individuals or organizations who are interested in the regulations of that occupation. The Division automatically sends a Notice of Proposed Regulations to the parties on the appropriate list each time there is a proposed change in an occupation's regulations in Title 12 of the Alaska Administrative Code. If you would like your address added to or removed from such a list, send your request to the Division at the address above, giving your name, either your e-mail address or mailing address (as you prefer for receiving notices), and the occupational area in which you are interested.

ADDITIONAL REGULATION NOTICE INFORMATION
(AS 44.62.190(d))

1.   Adopting agency: Board of Nursing – Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

2.   General subject of regulation: License renewal date.

3.     Citation of regulation: 12 AAC 44.315

4.   Department of Law file number: 2020200667.

5.   Reason for the proposed action: Emergency regulation due to COVID-19.

6.   Appropriation/Allocation: Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing – #2360.

7.   Estimated annual cost to comply with the proposed action to:
 
      A private person: None known.  
       Another state agency: None known.
       A municipality: None known.

8.   Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding (in thousands of dollars):  No costs are expected in FY 2021 or in subsequent years.

9.   The name of the contact person for the regulation:
    
Lisa Maroney, Licensing Supervisor
       Alaska Board of Nursing
       Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
       Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
       Telephone: (907) 269-8892
       E-mail: lisa.maroney@alaska.gov

10.   The origin of the emergency regulation action: Board of Nursing.

11.   Date: 11/12/2020
Prepared by: Jun Maiquis
                     Regulations Specialist

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Created 11/12/2020 2:43:46 PM by jcmaiquis
Modified 11/12/2020 2:46:23 PM by jcmaiquis
Modified 11/12/2020 2:48:51 PM by jcmaiquis

Details

Department: Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Category: Regulations
Sub-Category: Emergency
Location(s): Statewide
Project/Regulation #: 2020200667
 
Publish Date: 11/12/2020
Archive Date: 12/19/2020
 
Events/Deadlines:
  • Comments Deadline
    12/18/2020 4:30pm