Winter 2018
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Volume Forty One, Number Two, Winter 2018

This is the Newsletter of the
Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

   Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo

Dawn Kutney, Editor
790 W. Lake Lansing Rd.
Suite 400
East Lansing, Michigan  48823
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MSHA Executive Board & Advisory Assembly 2018

MSHA Executive Board:

Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Lisa Register, M.A., CCC-SLP
Past President: 
Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC- SLP

Katharine Elder, M.A., CFY-SLP
Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Advocacy:
Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Audiology Services:
VP for Membership:
Greg Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Professional Dev & Education:
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP Elect for Prof Dev & Education:
Jacqueline Gale, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Public Relations:
Erica Neller, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Healthcare:
Rosalyn Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Public Schools:
Blake Donovan,  M.A., CCC-SLP

MSHA Advisory Assembly:
Audiology Practice:
Communications and Networking:
Erica Neller, M.A., CCC-SLP
Continuing Education:
Sarah Choss, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics & Standards:
SLP Healthcare:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
SLP Public School:
Alyssa Webster, M.A., CFY-SLP
Student Affairs:
Callan Gavigan, M.A., CFY-SLP
MSHA Members-at-Large
N.W. Michigan:
Michelle Baumgartner, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.E. Michigan:
Karen O'Leary, M.A., CCC-SLP
S.W. Michigan:
Kirsten Haverberg, M.A., CCC-SLP
N.E. Michigan:
Ashley Gutowski, M.A., CCC-SLP
Upper Peninsula:
Elizabeth Curtis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Beth Westrate, M.A., CFY-SLP,  Grand Valley State University
ASHA Advisory Councilors:
Cary Cekola, M.A.,CCC-SLP
AUD:  Margot Beckerman, Au.D., CCC-A

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MSHF Silent Auction Donations Needed

Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

       The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s annual Silent Auction will be held once again at the MSHA Annual Conference in Kalamazoo March 22-24, 2018! This is the Foundation’s major fundraiser for the year. It is a great chance to bid on fun items, a chance to meet Board Members, and find out what the Foundation is planning for the future. You might even consider joining the Board!
   But, we cannot do it without YOU! Your generous donations to the silent auction are essential to making the auction a continued success. Please see the link here for the MSHF Silent Auction Donation Form or  contact Tamara Baubie at  to make arrangements for a donation - or just bring it to the conference. All proceeds will go to the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to support scholarships for students pursuing graduate degrees in audiology and/or speech-language pathology  

   Please go our our MSHF website to see profiles of these outstanding students

   The MSHF Silent Auction continues to be the most significant source of income for our scholarships to our wonderful students.  Plan to be involved in the Silent Auction again at MSHA in Kalamazoo for MSHA 2018.  Donations are needed - bids will be fun.

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Are You Smarter Than a Graduate Student?

Greg Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Put your knowledge to the test in the 3rd annual PRAXIS Trivia Quiz Bowl! Create a team of up to 4 people, pay a $20 registration fee, and compete to beat other groups of clinicians. The event will take place at the MSHA conference on Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:00 pm after the Exhibitors Cocktail Party & Raffle.  Thanks to Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, for sponsoring this event with pizza and beverages.

For more information contact the MSHA office at

See you in Kalamazoo!

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MSHA Advocacy Day at the Capitol May 9, 2018

Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for the MSHA Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in downtown Lansing.  This event will be hosted by MSHA Lobbyist Noah Smith from Capitol Services, and Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA V-P for Advocacy.  A light lunch will be provided for those attending and invited legislators in the West Wing of the Capitol at 11:30 am.  The MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly will be present as well to meet with our individual legislators to introduce ourselves and share the issues and concerns that are important for all of us in the field of communication disorders. 

   We invite all MSHA members to join us in this important event to advocate for the students, clients and patients we serve.  This event is sponsored by the MSHA-PAC and a grant from ASHA to involve students from our universities.

   For more info contact the MSHA office at 517/332-5691 or email us at

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Thanks to our Sponsors at MSHA

  Thanks to all of our Sponsors at MSHA who help us with the cost of the MSHA Conference.   Thanks to:

► Western Michigan University, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences for their sponsorship of the Welcome Reception Thursday evening.
► Northern Michigan University, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Program, for their sponsorship of the Undergraduate Student Roundtable on Friday morning.
►Michigan State University, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders for their sponsorship of  the Graduate Student Roundtable on Friday afternoon.
►Central Michigan University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for their sponsorship of the Friday afternoon Snack Break.
►Wayne State University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, for their sponsorship of the Praxis Trivia Quizbowl on Friday evening.

  Let us hear from you if you wish to sponsor an event at MSHA.  We have receptions and events that need your help.  Contact the MSHA Office at or find our Sponsorship Form online here.
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Save the Dates: Upcoming MSHA Conferences

MSHA Conference 2018:
March 22-24, 2018,
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo

MSHA Conference 2019:
March 21-23, 2019,
Kellogg Center, East Lansing

MSHA Conference 2020:
In the works! Date and location to be announced soon.

The next et cetera newsletter will be emailed to all MSHA members in early May, 2018.

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Kopp Memorial Lectures at Wayne State University

Nan Liening, M.A., CCC-SLP

    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University will sponsor the Annual Kopp Memorial Lecture on April 20, 2018. Our speaker will be Sarah Wallace Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Wallace is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Adult Language and Cognition Clinic at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Wallace also directs the Communication and Cognition Lab. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Sarah also has clinical experience providing services to individuals with acquired communication disorders and her specialties include multi modal intervention to assist people with neurogenic communication breakdowns, compensatory strategies that support reading and auditory comprehension in people with aphasia, and integrating technology into provision of clinical services for individuals with neurogenic communication disorders. Her lecture topic will include the use of AAC in the treatment of aphasia. 

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MSHA Executive Board Ballot to be Emailed Soon

  MSHA Active and Life Members will soon receive an electronic Ballot for the 2018-2020 MSHA Executive Board.  You will have 2 weeks to make your selections and respond to us.  Thanks to all of the MSHA members who are willing to serve their state association by serving on the MSHA Executive Board.  Terms will begin the last day of the MSHA Conference, or March 24, 2018.

   Positions on the ballot will be:  MSHA President-Elect;  VP-Elect for Professional Development and Education; VP for Advocacy; VP for Public Relations and MSHA VP for SLP Public Schools.

   Look for your e-ballots within the next few days!

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In Memoriam

   A former MSHA Life Member has died recently:  Philip Groh, Jr., Ed.D., CCC-SLP, died in 2017.  Philip served in the Mt. Clemens Community Schools and Warren Woods Schools.  He was Charter President of the Macomb County Speech and Hearing Association.  He was a MSHA Member for many years.  We wish his family and friends condolences.

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From the President

By Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dear MSHA Membership,
   Access and Advocacy is not only the theme of our upcoming Conference, but it is truly evident in the lives and practices of our members. With some of the strongest Communication Sciences and Disorders academic programs, members are committed to mentoring the next generation of scholars and practitioners. We are thrilled to announce that we have 59 accepted Poster Sessions from area universities – DOUBLE the amount of accepted posters from last year. How exciting! Please be sure to stop by and interact with these students during conference. They have worked so hard and we can all mutually benefit from engagement in these sessions.
   Access and Advocacy is also exemplified with our award recipients this year. A hearty congratulations to Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP receiving Honors of the Association and Sue Woods, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, receiving the Distinguished Service Award. These two individuals have committed the full of their lives to access and advocacy on behalf of those with communication disorders and we enthusiastically celebrate their accomplishments and their example to all of us.
   Access and Advocacy will also be illustrated through our keynote speaker, Gretchen Whitmer, Gubernatorial Candidate for the State of Michigan. The MSHA Executive Board worked diligently to secure a keynote speaker who was knowledgeable about issues directly impacting our professions – guiding us in our advocacy for policies that support our professions and ultimately the individuals we serve. As we prepare for our Day at the Capitol on May 9, 2018, her message will be all the more timely. I look forward to catching up with all of you at conference, and then again at our Day at the Capitol. Please join us - Access and Advocacy – more than a theme! 
Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
MSHA President
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MSHA Conference Begins Soon - Check on Your Deadlines!

Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Get your Conference and Hotel Registrations in soon for the 2018 MSHA Annual Conference, March 22-24, 2018, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The Radisson Hotel Deadline is Wednesday, February 28, and the MSHA Deadline for Early Bird Registration is Friday, March 2!   

To view the complete Program click here: MSHA 2018 Conference Program
Here are some highlights:

 Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder and CEO of Social Thinking, Santa Clara, California, will present two Short Courses on Friday, March 23, 2018, on Zooming In On Practical Strategies for Teaching Concrete Learners.  Michelle has been the #1 request from our colleagues to bring to MSHA.  We are thrilled she will present at our conference this year!

Nancy Swigert, M.A.,CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is the Director of Speech-Language Pathology and Respiratory Care at Baptist Health Lexington, Kentucky.  She will present two Short Courses on Saturday, March 24: Ethics: Applying Principles in Practice and Managing Dysphagia in Patients in Palliative Care and Hospice; and Tips, Techniques & Tools for Managing Dysphagia in Children.  She will also present at the Medical SLP Luncheon Forum Luncheon on Meeting Productivity Demands.
   Debjani Mukherjee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medical Education at Northwestern University, will present a short course: Empathy and Compassion in Rehab, on Friday, March 23.  Dr. Mukherjee's interests include ethical issues in rehabilitation, the cultural contexts of medical decisions, and the impact of emotionally demanding cases on clinical staff. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, clinical ethicist, and Director of the Donnelley Ethics Program at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago).

Photo of Yvette Hyter   Yvette D. Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Professor, Western Michigan University, along with her team from the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center in Kalamazoo, will present on Thursday afternoon: The Effects of Complex Trauma and Alcohol Exposure:  The Brain, Language, and Skills for Daily Living.  Yvette is an ASHA Coordinator, SIG 17: Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders.  She will be joined by her co-presenters: James Henry, Ph.D. Western Michigan University; Mark Sloane, D.O.; Michelle Suarez, Ph.D., OTR/L; and Christel Ciolino, M.A., and Heather Fox, both students working with Dr. Hyter and Dr. Suarez.

   On Thursday, evening March 22, we will offer a class on Pain Management which will satisfy the continuous professional development (CPD) requirement for the SLP license.  Lisa Gigliotti, J.D., With Courage I Can, LLC, Member of the State of Michigan Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management; and Leslie Simons, DNP, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor Health Programs, Michigan State University College of Nursing, present an evening class on:  Pain Management Issues for the Healthcare Professional .  Lisa Gigliotti is an attorney whose career traversed positions as a health policy advisor to the Michigan Senate and  governor, as an administrative law judge, as an advocate for people with disabilities, and as an appointee to the Michigan Pain and Symptom Management Committee and the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission.

   Mark DeRuiter, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, ASHA Fellow, from the University of Arizona, will present a Short Course on Thursday afternoon: The Supervision Toolkit. Mark is a former MSHA member who taught at Wayne State University several years ago.  We welcome Mark back to Michigan and look forward to his presentation!

    We also offer a class on the topic of Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking on Saturday morning which will satisfy the SLP License requirement,  Our speaker will be Sara Morley LaCroix, Kalamazoo Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition who will present a morning session on the issue of identifying victims of human trafficking including understanding the types and venues of human trafficking in the United States and identifying victims in health care and school settings. This class will address the dynamics of human trafficking and identify who is at risk and how to identify victims and uncover their community resources.  

   Our popular Student Round Table classes for Undergraduate and Graduate Students to help with employment and licensure questions, graduate school and CFY issues, and an opportunity to talk to professionals in a variety of work settings will continue.

Click here for the Complete 2018 MSHA Conference Program
      Returning to Kalamazoo will be our MSHF Silent Auction; Praxis Trivia QuizBowl; Exhibitors’ Cocktail Party and Raffle; and MSHA 50/50 Raffle.

   A thank you to all those professionals who submitted papers and will share their knowledge at conference. You have enabled us to provide a variety of sessions to meet our members’ needs. This year we had a whopping 62 poster session entries. We continue to grow strong with our university involvement. MSHA again will offer undergraduate and graduate sessions to assist our student members with the information and skills they need as they begin their professional lives. Fun opportunities are also planned with a Thursday evening reception and Praxis Bowl on Friday night. Come, test your knowledge, and cheer on your favorite university team!

   We hope this conference program provides our members with many learning opportunities and a chance to come together and connect with fellow clinicians who are seeking ways to always improve the daily lives of those we service. The MSHA Conference is a great opportunity for CEUs! Contact MSHA for more info at 517/332-5691 or visit our website at:

    I hope to see you in Kalamazoo in March!

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Gretchen Whitmer to Give Keynote at MSHA

Terry Lange-Winkel,M.A., CCC-SLP

    MSHA is honored to have Gretchen Whitmer, the 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate for the State of Michigan, present the Keynote address on Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 noon, at the MSHA Awards Luncheon at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This year's conference theme, Communication: Access & Advocacy serves as a guiding principle for those of us in the Speech-Language and Hearing Profession.  Gretchen's remarks will be timely and will offer us an inspiration as we plan our own Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to meet with our state legislators and share with them our concerns and issues important to our students, clients, and patients.  MSHA Members are invited to attend this event which begins with meeting legislators in the morning, followed by a lunch in the West Wing of our beautiful State Capitol.  We'll have information available at our conference and on our website.  Kelli Pierce, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA's VP for Advocacy, has obtained a grant from ASHA to help students attend this event.  Stay tuned for more info!

See you - in Kalamazoo!

Follow this link for the 2018 MSHA Conference Program and the Radisson Hotel Reservation form is on-line as well.  Click here for the MSHA Conference Registration.
With Warm Regards,

Terry Lange-Winkel
MSHA VP for Professional Development

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MSHA Honors of the Association and Distinguished Service Award 2018

   Come to the MSHA Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 23, 2018 during the MSHA Annual Conference in Kalamazoo, to see two outstanding colleagues receive MSHA Awards for their exemplary and unique contributions to our profession and to the association:

   Julie Y. Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP, Comprehensive Speech and Therapy Center in Jackson, will receive the 2018 MSHA Honors of the Association Award.  Julie is being honored for her service on the MSHA Executive Board as VP for Advocacy for many years and for her role in obtaining licensure for SLPs in 2009.   The Honors of the Association is the highest award the Association can bestow.

   Suzanne Woods, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University, will receive the 2018 MSHA Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding influence on the treatment of fluency disorders during her career at CMU and for her exceptional community service to the Mt. Pleasant environs.

   In addition to these exceptional professionals we will also present the MSHA Clinical Service Awards, the MSHA Scholarship Awards, and the MSHF Scholarships to our university students throughout the state.

   Join us in Kalamazoo for this wonderful luncheon and acknowledgement of our colleagues!

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Outstanding Poster Sessions at MSHA 2018

Dawn Kutney, Editor

   We have an abundance of riches for this year's MSHA Conference!  62 Poster Sessions for MSHA conference attendees to peruse and enjoy!  CEUs can be obtained for viewing Posters.  59 of these Posters are Student Poster Sessions and what a great opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to share their research with their colleagues.

   Thanks again to Psi Iota Xi Michigan chapters Eta Sigma, Zeta Theta, Theta Tau, and Eta Omicron, for their support of these awards. Two Student Posters will receive a $250 award for outstanding work.  Thanks to our Michigan colleague Char Holcomb, and others,  for continuing to support our students in this manner. The Psi Iota Xi national philanthropic organization is dedicated to helping others, especially in the fields of speech and hearing. 

       Follow this link for the complete list of Poster Sessions at MSHA.   Many of these were added after the Conference Preliminary Program was mailed out. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to be shared with our colleagues!

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Articulation Guidelines Revision Session at MSHA

Blake Donovan, M.A., CCC-SLP

   As MSHA works to update Articulation Guidelines, we look to our members for valuable input. We are aware that many of you are working at the local level to update district articulation guidelines. As you gather resources and develop tools for your updates, please think about sharing those resources and tools with us at the MSHA conference. We will have an area with a table set up on Thursday, March 22 , 2018, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, for an open forum and invite you to bring ideas, feedback, share resources, and information at the conference.  I, along with Alyssa Webster, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA Advisory Assembly (pictured above) will be at the conference in a central location by the MSHA Exhibits Hall  - the Pre-Function area near the Prairies Room.  

   If you would like to become involved in the the public school committee that is updating the articulation guidelines you can leave your contact information with us at the conference.

   Thank you for your help in our revision of the Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines.  We will publish our revision soon and share with our school districts throughout Michigan.

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Exhibitors at MSHA Make a Difference

Jackie Gale, M.A., CCC-SLP

   Thank you to our many Exhibitors who will be at MSHA this year to add to the benefits of coming to our annual conference!  With a large number of conference attendees typically present, our exhibitors provided many interesting products and information and we so appreciate their support!
   Exhibiting at MSHA allows for networking between those who sell products used by SLPs and AUDs, with those who wish to hire someone, or to be hired. Our MSHA Program Book is a great way to advertise if you’re in a private practice, or you’re looking to hire someone, or you wish to advertise your program or continuing education activities.  It’s also a great way to support MSHA as the revenue helps defray the expense of the conference.   
   Join us in Kalamazoo where we will continue to see our Exhibitors and Advertisers enrich our conference.  

   Thank you - see you soon in Kalamazoo!

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36th Van Riper Lectures Series October 2018

Sandra Glista, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

    The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University announces the 36th Annual Van Riper Lecture Series scheduled for October 25 and October 26, 2018. This lecture series focuses on SLP Practice in the Schools: Contextualizing Interventions and Implementing Policies and brings two national experts to campus. Teresa Ukrainetz, Ph.D., Professor & Division Chair for Speech-Language Pathology, Dept. of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University will present a series of lectures devoted to discussing Contextualized Expository Skill Intervention: Strategic Choices to Develop Strategic Learners. Dr. Jaumeiko Coleman, Director of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) School Services team also will present topics related to Federal policy and legislation implications for school-based speech-language pathologists. Details for on campus and for remote streaming registration will be available soon and posted on the Department's website found here -

Questions may be directed to the Van Riper Lectures Committee at 269-387-8045 or

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FAQs Regarding Your SLP License

 Here are ANSWERS to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that LARA has responded to!  And a helpful link to their website:

Do I have to complete continuing education for renewal or relicensure?
Rule 338.627 adds the requirement of 20 continuous professional development credits (cpd) with at least 1 cpd credit in pain and symptom management in order to renew. This requirement began with the 2016 renewal cycle.  MSHA will offer classes ever year at our annual conferences to meet the requirements for either the Human Trafficking requirement, and/or the Pain Management cpd requirement.

Rules 338.621 and 338.623 add the requirement of acquiring not less than 20 cpd with at least 1 cpd credit in pain and symptom management within 2 years immediately preceding the date of application for relicensure for a full or limited license. This will be required for a relicensure application submitted on or after 10/1/2019.

Rule 338.629 lays out the acceptable cpd activities, requirements, and limitations.

When do I have to meet the requirements for the completion of training in identifying victims of human trafficking?

Rule 338.604 requires licensees to complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking began with the 2016 renewal cycle. This training requirement will need to be completed prior to the license renewal in 2018.

Applicants who apply for a license on or after March 16, 2021 will be required to have completed the required training in identifying victims of human trafficking. 

How long are the Speech-Language Pathology licenses issued for? Can I renew my license early? How will I know when I need to renew?

Your initial Speech-Language Pathology license is only good until the next expiration date of your profession (anywhere from 4 months to 1 year). After your first renewal, your license will be valid for 2 years. You will receive renewal information 45-60 days prior to the expiration date of your license and it will state the renewal fee required.

You cannot renew your license early. Our system is not set up to receive renewal information until the renewal time for your profession. We will mail you renewal information approximately 45-60 days before the expiration date of your current license. Remember to notify the Department in writing of any address changes you have. It is your responsibility to renew your license on time. Failure to notify us of an address change does not exempt you from renewing your license on time. You can renew online at Online renewal payments require you to pay with a credit card.

The link to the new administrative rules for SLP from LARA is

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