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The jurisdiction of the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee includes the regulation of healing arts and non-healing arts professions; licensing and enforcement issues for all boards and bureaus within the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA); creation and elimination (sunsetting) of agencies, boards and commissions under DCA; certain elements of the Department of General Services; charitable solicitations; product labeling (except agricultural and medical); and consumer protection generally, including privacy. During the 2013 session of the California State Legislature, the Committee held a total of 22 hearings, including three joint Sunset Review hearings with the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, and two joint hearings with the Assembly Select Committee on Privacy. A total of 123 bills were referred to the Committee during 2013, of which 90 were heard and 87 passed by the Committee. A substantial majority of those 123 referred bills dealt with the Committee’s primary area of concern – the regulated professions. Professional regulation affects dozens of businesses and licensees throughout California, including: accountancy; acupuncture; architects; automotive repair; barbering and cosmetology; behavioral sciences; contractors; court reporters; dentists and dental auxiliaries; dispensing opticians; electronic and appliance repair; funeral, cemetery, and crematory establishments; geologists and geophysicists; guide dogs for the blind; hearing aid dispensers; home furnishings and thermal insulation; land surveyors; landscape architects; massage professionals; midwives; nurse assistants; optometrists; pharmacists; physical therapists; physicians and surgeons; physician assistants; podiatrists; private postsecondary and vocational education; professional engineers; professional fiduciaries; psychiatric technicians; psychologists; registered nurses; respiratory care; security and investigative services; speech-language pathology and audiology; structural pest control; telephone medical advice; veterinarians and veterinary technicians; and vocational nurses. The Committee also sees a broad range of legislation that deals with commerce and consumer protection generally, including: advertising, vehicle sales, junk dealers and recyclers, green building standards for state buildings, pharmacies, Internet privacy, franchising, and prescription drugs.

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