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Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Licensure Bill for Independent Practice Dental Hygienists

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Over the span of two days (June 6–7), members of the Maine legislature voted to override Gov. Paul LePage’s (R-ME) June 2  veto of  LD 1085. As a result of the veto override by the Maine legislature, LD 1085 became law in Maine. The new law requires that all applicants for independent practice dental hygiene authority complete 2,000 hours of clinical practice regardless of degree (bachelor’s or associate degrees) or timeframe for which the hours must be obtained. LD 1085 did contain an emergency preamble making the law effective immediately upon approval.

In his veto message, Gov. LePage says, “[w]hile I support the bill’s lowering of a barrier to entry into the dental hygienist profession—by reducing the number of experience hours a holder of an associate degree needs from 5,000 to 2,000—I do not believe this change should be retroactive [to July 29, 2016].” 

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