Governor signs VanderWall bill to improve responsiveness to athletic trainers industry

LANSING, Mich. — The state will be more responsive to changes in the athletic trainers industry regarding licensing and certification under a law sponsored by Sen. Curt VanderWall that was signed Monday.

Senate Bill 184 (Public Act 19 of 2020) will modify continuing education hours and certain licensing requirements for athletic trainers.

“For the athletic trainers industry in Michigan, if a license or license renewal requirement needs to be updated, legislation must be initiated,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “Now, under this new law, the Board of Athletic Trainers can work with LARA to promulgate rules regarding these requirements, streamlining the process.”

VanderWall said the law will provide needed flexibility while still ensuring legislative input as the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) works with the Board of Athletic Trainers.

“Thankfully, this change in process does not take away the Legislature’s involvement; all rule changes will still be reviewed by the legislative Joint Committee on Administrative Rules,” VanderWall said.