22nd Alaska State Legislature
Sponsor Statement for HB 81
"An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Dental Examiners; relating to the Board of Dental Examiners and regulation of the practice of dental hygienists and dental assistants."
Under Title 8 of the Alaska Statutes the Board of Dental Examiners will terminate June 30, 2001. A report released by the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee recommended that the Legislature extend the board's date to June 30, 2005. This is the main focus of House Bill 81. The regulation and licensing of qualified dentists and hygienists benefits the public's safety and welfare. The Board contributes to safe guarding the public interests by ensuring competence and integrity of dentists and dental hygienists. As a retired dentist I believe the Board provides an invaluable service and should continue to do so.
House Bill 81 also addresses some issues of concern to the Dental Board of Examiners and the Alaska Dental Society. House Bill 81 attempts to clear up some duplicate and confusing language, reduce paperwork, expand the definition of dentistry, require the board president be a dentist, address dental testing and equivalency options, board appointments, and increase the allowable civil fine penalty that the Board can impose.
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