The California legislature ended its annual session on Aug.
31 and sent several significant pieces of legislation to the desk of Gov. Jerry
Brown. Some of the most significant legislation for dental education and the
dental industry signed by Gov. Brown include:
Prescription Drug Monitoring
1751 allows the state Department of Justice (DOJ) to enter into a prescription
drug monitoring program (PDMP) data-sharing agreement directly with another
state’s PDMP without going through a data share hub. The bill also requires the
DOJ to memorialize its policies regarding access and use of the information
within CURES—the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System—through
the public rulemaking process no later than July 1, 2020.
2086 allows prescribers of controlled substances to review a list of
patients for whom they are listed as being the prescriber in the California DOJ’s
prescription drug monitoring program.
501 makes several significant changes to laws governing dentists who
administer deep sedation. Included among those changes are the establishment of
licensing and permit requirements for dentists to administer, or order the
administration of, deep sedation or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis
for dental patients; additional requirements and endorsements for administering
deep sedations to children under 7 and 13 years of age; and additional changes
specified in the bill.
Dental Hygiene Committee
1482 recreates the Dental Hygiene Committee of California as the Dental
Hygiene Board of California, an independent board within the Department of
Consumer Affairs, and gives it authority to review and discipline educational
Student Loan Servicing
38 makes numerous changes to the Student Loan Servicing Act. One of the
most significant is that it modifies the scope of the act by prohibiting
engagement in the business of servicing a student loan in the state without
first obtaining a license as prescribed by the act.