Number: HB 1478
Status: ProposedProposed: January 16, 2014
Last updated Apr 28, 2014.
HB 1478 would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct at least four inspections per year of any abortion facility. Any information received by the Department would be prohibited from being disclosed publicly in a manner that would identify individual patients except to another state agency investigating an abortion facility. That state agency would also be prohibited from publicly disclosing individual patient information.
The bill would also require that every abortion facility and any premises proposed to be conducted as an abortion facility be open at all reasonable times to an inspection authorized in writing by the department director. The department is not required to provide notice prior to an inspection.
The bill would authorize the inspector to immediately close an abortion facility whenever an inspection discloses that the continued operation of the facility constitutes an immediate and serious risk of harm to the health or safety of the facility’s patients.
After public hearing on March 6, 2014, this bill was reported “Do Pass” by the Rules Committee.
An identical clinic inspection provision is contained in HB 1352.