Bill description: SB 1321 would reduce the hours of experience required to obtain reciprocal licensure by credentials from another state. The hours would be reduced from 1,000 hours per year for the past five years to 3,500 hours total over the past five consecutive years.
Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market?
The state of Idaho allows individuals who seek a license to practice dentistry in the state a fast-track process to licensure if they provide credentials from another state. Currently, to prove their credentials, they must show that they have:
- A license to practice from another state
- Practiced at least 1,000 hours per year for the last five years
- Graduated from an American Dental Association accredited school
- Completed the national board-approved dental exams
- Successfully completed a state board-approved clinical examination
SB 1321 would reduce the hours of dental practice required from 1,000 per year for the previous five years to 3,500 hours over the course of the past five years. For individuals who have already demonstrated their dentistry proficiency, this change would reduce the time it takes to receive a license to practice dentistry in Idaho. Additionally, by creating quicker pathways to receive a license to practice dentistry in Idaho, SB 1321 could allow consumers more choices in who they go to for their dentistry services and reduce costs as there would be greater competition in the industry.