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California Surgical Technologist Bill Vetoed

Publish Date: October 2, 2012

California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. has vetoed Assembly Bill 2561, a surgical technologist certification bill. In a letter to the California State Assembly dated September 22, 2012, Governor Brown indicated that he vetoed the bill because “recognition by the state is not needed” and that those who voluntarily become certified should be rewarded by the marketplace for their higher skills and education. 

AB 2561 would have required surgical technologists wishing to use the title “certified surgical technologist” to successfully complete a nationally accredited educational program for surgical technologists or a training program for surgical technology provided by the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Public Health Service. Additionally, they would have had to hold and maintain certification as a surgical technologist by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or another nationally accredited surgical technologist credentialing organization. 

The Governor’s veto may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of each house.