The Dental Board of California
(Board) has released a list of several bills that it
plans to closely track for 2018. The bills and their respective focal areas are
- AB 12 – State government administrative
- AB 224 – Dentistry: anesthesia
- AB 703 – Professions and vocations:
fee waivers for licenses.
- AB 710 – Department of Consumer
Affairs: meetings of boards.
- SB 392 – Dentistry report: access
to care for pediatric dental patients.
- SB 501 – Dentistry: anesthesia
and sedation report.
- SB 641 – Controlled Substance
Utilization Review and Evaluation System: privacy.
As this agenda item was
presented to the Board as an informational item during its most recent meeting
on Nov. 2-3, no Board action was requested.
In addition, the California
Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee will be introducing two
omnibus bills for 2018. One bill will be designated for health care board and
bureau legislation, and the other will be for non-health care board and bureau
legislation. The Senate committee plans to introduce the bills in early 2018
and has requested board and bureau proposals be submitted by Jan. 9, 2018, for
inclusion in the introduced version of the bill. As a result, the Dental Board
of California is considering a proposal for inclusion in the 2018
Healing Arts Omnibus Bill.
Nov. 2-3, the Board approved the Omnibus Bill proposal language presented with
two additional amendments related to 1) allowing an exception to the
requirements in Business and Professions Code (BPC) Sec. 1621 (c) for those
officers or faculty members who are also portfolio examiners and 2) changing the
dental sedation assistant permit language to more closely match the
requirements found in BPC Sec. 1750.2 related to orthodontic assistant permits.
Board staff is currently working with their legal counsel to develop language
for the aforementioned amendments that were approved in concept.
Rep. Jason Nemes, J.D.
(R-KY) has prefiled Bill Request 193 for the 2018 regular
legislative session. The bill request as currently drafted seeks to limit unnecessary
and burdensome licensing requirements. Specifically, the bill states: “On and
after November 15, 2018, all occupational licensing regulations established by
shall be: (a) Limited to those essential to fulfilling the statutory
requirements for entry into a market, business, occupation, or profession; (b)
Devoid of unnecessary burdens or restrictions on a person seeking entry into a
market, business, occupation, or profession; and (c) Carefully tailored to
ensure the legitimate health, safety, and welfare of the public.” The bill also
requires agencies and boards to conduct a comprehensive review of all
occupational regulations within its jurisdiction and submit a report of its
findings every five years.
"Administrative agency" or "agency" means each state board,
bureau, cabinet, commission, department, authority, officer or other entity in
the executive branch of state government authorized by law to conduct