Enrolled HB 346: Relating to the licensure of dentists; and providing for an effective date.

00 Enrolled HB 346                                                                                                         
01 Relating to the licensure of dentists; and providing for an effective date.                                             
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03    * Section 1. AS 08.36.100 is amended to read:                                                                        
04            Sec. 08.36.100. License required. Except as provided in AS 08.36.238 and                                   
05       08.36.254, a person may not practice, or attempt to practice, dentistry without a                               
06       license.                                                                                                          
07    * Sec. 2. AS 08.36 is amended by adding a new section to article 2 to read:                                          
08            Sec. 08.36.254. Temporary permit to substitute for an incapacitated                                          
09       dentist. (a) The board may issue a temporary permit to practice dentistry to a dentist                            
10       for the purpose of substituting for an incapacitated dentist licensed in this state.                              
11            (b)  A dentist applying for a temporary permit under (a) of this section shall                               
12                 (1)  hold an active license from a board of dental examiners established                                
13       under the laws of a state or territory of the United States issued after thorough                                 
14       examination;                                                                                                      
15                 (2)  pay the required fee; and                                                                          
01                 (3)  meet other qualifications for a temporary permit established by                                    
02       regulation.                                                                                                       
03            (c)  A temporary permit issued under this section is valid only to treat patients                            
04       of the incapacitated dentist at an address listed on the business license of the                                  
05       incapacitated dentist.                                                                                            
06            (d)  The fee for a permit issued under this section is one-fourth of the fee for a                           
07       biennial license plus the appropriate application fee.                                                            
08            (e)  The board may not issue a temporary permit under this section if another                                
09       dentist licensed under this chapter may reasonably substitute for the incapacitated                               
10       dentist.                                                                                                          
11 (f)  A temporary permit issued under this section is initially valid for 90                                             
12 consecutive calendar days. Upon request of a permittee, the board shall extend a                                        
13 permit issued under this section for 60 calendar days if, before the expiration of the                                  
14 initial 90-day permit, the permittee submits to the board a completed application form                                  
15 and the fee required under this chapter, except that the board may refuse to grant a                                    
16 request for an extension for the same reasons the board may revoke a license under                                      
17 AS 08.36.315. Permits and extensions of permits issued to a permittee under this                                        
18 section are not valid for more than 240 calendar days during any consecutive 24                                         
19       months.                                                                                                           
20 (g)  The board may extend a permit issued under this section for a period that                                          
21 exceeds the limit established in (f) of this section if the board determines that the                                   
22 extension is necessary to provide essential dental services and the board has received a                                
23       clearance report from the                                                                                         
24                 (1)  National Practitioner Data Bank; and                                                               
25                 (2)  United States Drug Enforcement Administration.                                                     
26 (h)  In this section, "incapacitated" means impaired by a health condition that                                         
27       renders a dentist unable to practice dentistry for more than 30 days.                                             
28    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                            
29 read:                                                                                                                   
30 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Commerce, Community, and                                                     
31 Economic Development and the Board of Dental Examiners may adopt regulations necessary                                  
01 to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under AS 44.62                                   
02 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the relevant provision of                          
03 this Act implemented by the regulation.                                                                                 
04    * Sec. 4. Section 3 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).                                      
05    * Sec. 5. Except as provided in sec. 4 of this Act, this Act takes effect January 1, 2019.