The Behavior Analyst Licensure Bill (SF3279) had its first committee hearing on Thursday, March 12th. The bill was amended, recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy
We had testimony from Dr. Eric Larsson, our legislative chair. Dr. Larsson spoke to the work that behavior analysts do in the community. You can read Dr. Larsson's testimony here.
We also had testimony from Sam Sands the
Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Psychology. Senator Jensen, the author in the Senate, highlighted the need for this bill as written in the Autism Society letter: "In Minnesota, children with emotional behavior disorders or autism have the highest incidences of restrictive procedures (such as restraint and seclusion) in our public schools.” Senator Abeler, a committee member and co-author, commented on the bi-partisan support for the bill. We also received a nod for our cooperation with other professional organizations in developing this bill.
We also had some BCBAs and a BCaBA from the Holland Center showing support for the bill in the audience! We encourage MNABA members to come to committee hearings if you can!
The next hearing for the bill will be in the Judiciary Committee. We will keep you updated on dates and times as we receive them.
Want to see the committee hearing for yourself? You can play a clip below!