In 2005 Louisiana became the first state to establish independent licensure for sleep technologists when The Louisiana Polysomnography Act was signed into law. The next step in the process of establishing licensure was to draft regulations in conjunction to the Act. However, an effort to draft additional rules regulating the practice of polysomnography was brought to a halt by Hurricane Katrina.
Now the Louisiana Academy of Sleep Medicine, along with the assistance of AAST, is prepared to resume drafting regulations. A first draft of the regulations should be completed within the next few weeks.
On February 7, 2008, House Bill 1082 was introduced. The bill, backed by AAST and the Maryland Sleep Consortium, was originally written to waive certain educational requirements for out-of-state sleep technologists relocating to Maryland. Recently, however, an amendment to the bill extending the licensure date to October 1, 2012 was passed by the House Health Facilities & Occupations Subcommittee and will now be sent to the Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs.