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Affiliates To Host Legislative Advocacy Days

Mar 30, 2015
The North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists will host advocacy days in their respective state capitols in March and April.

Members of the MoSRT will meet with lawmakers in Jefferson City on March 31 to ask them to support Senate Bill 472 and House Bill 109, companion bills that will require radiographers, radiologist assistants, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and magnetic resonance technologists to secure a license before performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.

“With two bills introduced in this year’s legislative session, the legislative advocacy day is a great opportunity to educate both chambers about the importance of establishing licensure standards for every individual in the state who performs medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures,” said Diane Hutton, B.A., R.T.(R), president-elect and legislative chair of the MoSRT. “Our goal is to speak with as many legislators as possible so by the end of the day, they’ll understand that licensure is an important step in providing Missourians with great patient care.”

On April 8, members of the NCSRT will meet in Raleigh to educate lawmakers about the importance of having licensed and qualified personnel perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. Currently, the NCSRT is drafting a bill that sets licensing standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals and sets the parameters for the state to recognize radiologist assistants. As a result, the NCSRT is confident that the licensure bill will be introduced in the legislature prior to the advocacy day.

We encourage radiologic technologists in Missouri to contact their state senator in Jefferson City to ask him or her to cosponsor S.B. 472 and their representatives in Jefferson City to ask them to support H.B. 109. Missouri radiologic technologists also can use the ASRT Grass-roots Action Center to contact their legislators about the bills.

In addition, when a licensure bill is introduced, we encourage radiologic technologists in North Carolina to contact their representatives in Raleigh to ask them to support licensure measures for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.

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