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      RS 37:969.1     


§969.1. Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners; authorization to obtain criminal history record information

            A. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

            (1) "Applicant" means a person who has made application to the board for the issuance or reinstatement of any form of licensure.

            (2) "Board" means the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners.

            (3) "Bureau" means the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information of the office of state police within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

            (4) "Criminal history record information" means information collected by state and federal criminal justice agencies on individuals consisting of identifiable descriptions and notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, bills of information, or any formal criminal charges, and any disposition arising therefrom, including sentencing and criminal correctional supervision and release, but does not include intelligence for investigatory purposes, nor does it include any identification information which does not indicate involvement of the individual in the criminal justice system.

            (5) "FBI" means the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice.

            (6) "Licensure" means any license or permit which the board is authorized to issue, including permission to enroll as a student in clinical nursing courses.

            B. In addition to any other requirements established by law or board rules, the board shall:

            (1) Require each applicant, as a condition for eligibility for licensure, to provide all of the following:

            (a) A full set of fingerprints, in a form and manner prescribed by the board.

            (b) Written consent for state and national criminal history record information on such person to be obtained as a condition for consideration of his application.

            (2) Provide each applicant with a copy of the written standards specifying the requirements that must be met by an applicant for licensure and the grounds on which a license may be denied or revoked.

            C. In accordance with the provisions and procedures prescribed by this Section, or any other law or board rule, the board shall request and obtain state and national criminal history record information from the bureau and the FBI relative to any person applying for issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of any license or permit whose fingerprints the board has obtained pursuant to this Section for the purpose of determining the applicant's suitability and eligibility for licensure.

            D. Upon receiving fingerprints, the bureau shall survey its criminal history records and identification files and make a simultaneous request of the FBI for like information from other jurisdictions. The bureau shall provide a report promptly and in writing, but shall provide only such information as is necessary to specify whether or not the person has been arrested for or convicted of or pled nolo contendere to any crime or crimes, the crime or crimes of which he has been arrested for or convicted or to which he has pled nolo contendere, and the date or dates on which they occurred. The report provided pursuant to the provisions of this Subsection shall include arrests, convictions, or other dispositions, including any conviction dismissed pursuant to Code of Criminal Procedure Article 893 or 894. The bureau may charge the board a reasonable processing fee for conducting and reporting on any such search.

            E. Any and all state or national criminal history record information obtained by the board from the bureau or FBI which is not already a matter of public record shall be deemed nonpublic and confidential information restricted to the exclusive use of the board, its members, officers, investigators, agents, and attorneys in evaluating the applicant's eligibility or disqualification for licensure. No such information or records related thereto shall, except with the written consent of the applicant or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, be released or otherwise disclosed by the board to any other person or agency.

            Acts 1999, No. 1343, §2, eff. July 1, 1999; Acts 2016, No. 368, §1.

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