ADEA State Update

Colorado Governor Weighs in on Water Fluoridation

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On July 29, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D CO) and Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, issued a joint statement in support of water fluoridation in the

Oregon Governor Signs Bill Requiring Dental Screenings for Students Seven and Younger

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On June 25, Gov. Kate Brown (D OR) signed H.B. 2972 into law. Under the new law, Oregon children who are starting public school and are seven years old or younger will be required to have dental screenings, or show

Kentucky Governor Announces Loan Forgiveness Program for Dentists

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On July 20, Gov. Steve Beshear (D KY) announced the creation of a new loan forgiveness program supported by $500,000 in state funds available to dental students who commit to practice in the region. The University of Kentucky College of

The National Governors Association Announces New Executive Committee Leadership

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During the 2015 Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA), the association announced the new members of the executive committee leadership. The new NGA Chair Gov. Gary Herbert (R UT) and Vice Chair Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D VA) will

Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Law Restricting Non-Dentists from Offering Tooth Whitening

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Keith Westphal and Joyce Osborn Wilson, neither of whom had licenses to practice dentistry, brought suit against the Alabama Board of Dental Examiners (Board) challenging an Alabama statute requiring individuals to have a license to practice dentistry in order to

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Rules on Tooth Whitening by Non-Dentists

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On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Sensational Smiles, LLC, d b a Smile Bright et al v. Dr. Jewel Mullen, Commissioner of Public Health and Members of the Connecticut State Dental Commission

Hawaii Becomes the First State to Raise the Smoking Age to 21

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Gov. David Ige (D HI) signed into law S.B. 1030 on June 19. The new law raises the age at which people can legally purchase, smoke or possess cigarettes and electronic cigarettes in Hawaii. Although local governments such as New

Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Sponsors Bill Regarding Using Live Patients for Dental Licensing Exams

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Majority Leader, Sen. Harriette L. Chandler (D MA) has sponsored S. 1122. The bill provides that dental licensing exams must not require the performance of any irreversible procedure on a live patient. The companion bill H. 263, is sponsored by

States Enact Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and Trigger Commission

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On May 19, Alabama and Minnesota became the 7th and 8th states to enact model legislation triggering the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission. 1 The model legislation, finalized last year and designed in part

Many State Legislatures Enter Special Session, Others Adjourn for the Year

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Most state legislatures operate on a part time schedule and many have adjourned for the year. However, some states remain deadlocked in fights over Medicaid expansion or the state budget, resulting in special sessions beyond the normal schedule. Alaska’s legislature