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New Jersey Surgical Technologist Bill Headed Back to Governor’s Desk

Publish Date: 12/21/2011

In June 2011, the New Jersey legislature passed Assembly bill 3946, an education and certification bill for surgical technologists. In November 2011, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie returned A3946 to the legislature due to concerns that the bill would limit the pool of candidates eligible for employment as a surgical technologist to only those who possess a specific credential. In the conditionally vetoed bill, surgical technologists would have been required to both (a) complete a nationally or regionally accredited education program for surgical technologists and (b) hold and maintain a certified surgical technologist credential administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or another nationally recognized credentialing organization.

Upon receiving Governor Christie’s Veto memo, the Assembly and the Senate both unanimously passed the bill with the Governor’s recommendation to eliminate the limitation. In the revised bill, in order to be eligible for employment, surgical technologists would only have to satisfy one of the requirements. A3946 is now on its way back to Governor Christie’s desk. He has until January 12 to sign or veto it.

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