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HB 101: "An Act relating to qualifications for a license to practice dentistry; and providing for an effective date."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 101                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to qualifications for a license to practice dentistry; and providing for                               
02 an effective date."                                                                                                     
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 08.36.110(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (a)  The board shall issue a license to practice dentistry to an [AN]                                    
06       applicant who [FOR A LICENSE TO PRACTICE DENTISTRY SHALL]                                                     
07                 (1)  provides [PROVIDE] certification to the board that the applicant                               
08                      (A)  is a graduate of a dental school that, at the time of                                         
09            graduation, is approved by the board;                                                                        
10                      (B)  has successfully passed a written examination approved by                                     
11            the board;                                                                                                   
12 (C)  has successfully passed a clinical examination provided                                                        
13 by the Western Regional Examining Board or the American Board of                                                    
14 Dental Examiners, or another clinical examination approved by the board                                             
01            and provided by a nationally recognized organization of dental examiners;                                
02                      (D)  has not had a license to practice dentistry revoked,                                      
03            suspended, or voluntarily surrendered in this state or another state;                                        
04 (E) [(D)]  is not the subject of an adverse decision based on a                                                     
05 complaint, investigation, review procedure, or other disciplinary proceeding                                            
06 within the five years immediately preceding application, or of an unresolved                                            
07 complaint, investigation, review procedure, or other disciplinary proceeding,                                           
08            undertaken by a state, territorial, local, or federal dental licensing jurisdiction;                         
09                      (F) [(E)]  is not the subject of an unresolved or an adverse                                   
10 decision based on a complaint, investigation, review procedure, or other                                                
11 disciplinary proceeding, undertaken by a state, territorial, local, or federal                                          
12 dental licensing jurisdiction or law enforcement agency that relates to criminal                                        
13 or fraudulent activity, dental malpractice, or negligent dental care and that                                           
14 adversely reflects on the applicant's ability or competence to practice dentistry                                       
15            or on the safety or well-being of patients;                                                                  
16 (G) [(F)]  is not the subject of an adverse report from the                                                         
17 National Practitioner Data Bank or the American Association of Dental Boards                                            
18 Clearinghouse for Board Actions that relates to criminal or fraudulent activity,                                        
19            or dental malpractice;                                                                                       
20 (H) [(G)]  is not impaired to an extent that affects the applicant's                                                
21            ability to practice dentistry;                                                                               
22 (I) [(H)]  has not been convicted of a crime that adversely                                                         
23 reflects on the applicant's ability or competency to practice dentistry or that                                         
24            jeopardizes the safety or well-being of a patient; and                                                   
25 (2)  has completed [PASS, TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE                                                                
26 BOARD, WRITTEN, CLINICAL, AND OTHER EXAMINATIONS                                                                        
27       ADMINISTERED OR APPROVED BY THE BOARD; AND                                                                        
28 (3)  MEET THE OTHER QUALIFICATIONS FOR A LICENSE                                                                        
29 ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD BY REGULATION, INCLUDING] education in                                                         
30 pain management and opioid use and addiction in the two years preceding the                                             
31 application for a license, unless the applicant has demonstrated to the satisfaction of                                 
01       the board that the applicant does not currently hold a valid federal Drug Enforcement                             
02       Administration registration number; approved education may include dental school                                  
03       coursework.                                                                                                       
04    * Sec. 2. AS 08.36.110(b) and 08.36.234(d) are repealed.                                                           
05    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
06 read:                                                                                                                   
07       APPLICABILITY. AS 08.36.110(a), as amended by sec. 1 of this Act, and the repeals                                 
08 of AS 08.36.110(b) and 08.36.234(d) by sec. 2 of this Act apply to applications for licensure                           
09 submitted on or after the effective date of secs. 1 and 2 of this Act.                                                  
10    * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
11 read:                                                                                                                   
12 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Commerce, Community, and                                                     
13 Economic Development and the Board of Dental Examiners may adopt regulations necessary                                  
14 to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under AS 44.62                                   
15 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the law implemented by                             
16 the regulation.                                                                                                         
17    * Sec. 5. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
18 read:                                                                                                                   
19 REVISOR'S INSTRUCTION. The revisor of statutes is requested to change the catch                                         
20 line of AS 08.36.110 from "Qualifications for license; interview" to "Qualifications for                                
21 license."                                                                                                               
22    * Sec. 6. Section 4 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).